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The Four Days of Naples (1962)
"Le quattro giornate di Napoli" (original title)

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The film shows the history of the Neapolitan popular revolt against the invading Germans, during the second world war. During the four days in Naples the revolt turns over in just few hours... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Bianchi ...
Concetta Capuozzo (as Régina Bianchi)
Aldo Giuffrè ...
Pitrella
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Maria
Jean Sorel ...
Livornese
Franco Sportelli ...
Prof. Rosati
Charles Belmont ...
Sailor
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Stimolo
Frank Wolff ...
Salvatore
Luigi De Filippo ...
Cicillo
Pupella Maggio ...
Arturo's Mother
Georges Wilson ...
Reformatory Director
Raffaele Barbato ...
Ajello
Dominico Formato ...
Gennaro Capuozzo
Curt Lowens ...
Sakau
Enzo Turco ...
Valente
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The film shows the history of the Neapolitan popular revolt against the invading Germans, during the second world war. During the four days in Naples the revolt turns over in just few hours. Neapolitans slinged on rifles and guns, and they armed themselves with stones, house-objects, gasoline-bottles and everything, anonymous and silent. Gennarino Capuozzo, a ten year old child killed on a barricade while he was fighting against the invasors, is remembered by people as a hero. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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All actors accepted to be uncredited in honor of the civilians who died during the uprising and remained without official recognition. See more »

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When the MGM lion roars, no sound comes out of its mouth. See more »

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Excellent docu-drama on civilians resisting wartime recruitment.
23 January 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This documentary-style drama shows us the determination of a civilian population to end wartime conscription by a former ally. The Nazi army tries by terror to force the Italian people to join them as they struggle on against the advance of the Allied forces in WWII Italy. Citizens decide against fighting the war any longer, and rally themselves to drive out the German soldiers from their city and their lives in only four days.

I watched this film in basic training camp in 1963. I did not know at the time if I was being ordered to Southeast Asia to participate in the war there or not. I had had a vision on the firing range that an active combat role in Viet Nam would be more terrible than I could ultimately live with in later years. Fortunately, I was sent to the staging area on Okinawa, and not to Viet Nam. I saw the film again when I reached Okinawa, and became aware of the war a thousand miles away.

The film crystalized for me that mankind could choose not to fight wars to settle disputes between countries, and that passionate citizens could resist the most disciplined of armies. The Neopolitan people's example to me from twenty years before, as I stood at the brink of the Southeast Asian war, spoke deeply to me of what humanity must strive to achieve through the advancement of its behavior and character.

I long to see the film again, or to read the source book, as world events swirl around us, echoing themes in the Four Days of Naples.


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