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The Four Days of Naples (1962)

Le quattro giornate di Napoli (original title)
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Raffaele Barbato ...
Ajello (uncredited)
Charles Belmont ...
Sailor (uncredited)
Regina Bianchi ...
Concetta Capuozzo (uncredited)
Silvana Buzzanca ...
Immacolata (uncredited)
Enzo Cannavale ...
Neapolitan Citizen (uncredited)
Luigi De Filippo ...
Cicillo (uncredited)
Antonella Della Porta ...
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Adriana Facchetti ...
Scared Woman (uncredited)
Anna Maria Ferrero ...
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Domenico Formato ...
Gennaro Capuozzo (uncredited)
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Pitrella (uncredited)
Curt Lowens ...
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Pupella Maggio ...
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Rosalia Maggio ...
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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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Italian censorship visa # 38827 delivered on 8-11-1962. See more »

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

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Edited into Film socialisme (2010) 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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