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

 |  Drama, War  |  16 November 1962 (Italy)
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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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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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The film was dedicated to the memory of Gennaro Capuozzo, the 12 year boy depicted in the movie, who was awarded by the Italian Government the posthumous Gold Medal of Valor. See more »

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A masterpiece, lost to the celebrity of Fellini's 8 1/2.
29 July 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Masterpieces are rare, but Italy produced two in 1963. 8 1/2 belongs on any serious list of great films. So does Nanni Loy's Four Days of Naples. It is flawless. Both were forwarded for awards; 8 1/2 won most; both deserved every honor for which they were nominated.

Loy's passion is obvious throughout. His is an unsentimental look at one city's famous guerrilla resistance against the Nazis. Although it was filmed on location in Naples (with some footage shot in Salerno) more than 15 years after the war ended, the battle-scars are still evident on this glorious, impoverished city's walls.

The movie builds power in many ways-- every way, really, including using Neapolitans rather than professional actors for many roles-- but most significantly I think in the camera-work and editing, which together create a rhythm alternating between intimacy with individuals, and wider takes on armed confrontations and full battle scenes. One unforgettable scene combines them, when young men carry the bodies of slain fighters through the streets, inciting their fellow citizens to join the epic battle to liberate the city from Nazi occupation.

It is rarely shown; as of this writing it's not on DVD. All I can say is, watch for it.


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