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The Gold of Naples (1954)

L'oro di Napoli (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 February 1957 (USA)
A portrait of the people, the defects and the peculiarities of Naples in six different vignettes.


Vittorio De Sica


Giuseppe Marotta (story), Cesare Zavattini (adapted for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Totò ... Don Saverio Petrillo (segment "Il guappo")
Lianella Carell Lianella Carell ... Carolina Petrillo (segment "Il guappo")
Pasquale Cennamo Pasquale Cennamo ... Don Carmine Savarone (segment "Il guappo") (as Pasquale Gennano)
Agostino Salvietti Agostino Salvietti ... Gennaro Esposito (segment "Il guappo")
Sophia Loren ... Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
Paolo Stoppa ... Don Peppino - il vedovo (segment "Pizze a credito")
Giacomo Furia Giacomo Furia ... Rosario - marito di Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Alfredo - l'amante di Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
Tecla Scarano Tecla Scarano ... Un amico di Peppino (segment "Pizze a credito")
Tartaro Pasquale Tartaro Pasquale ... Cafiero (segment "Pizze a credito")
Teresa De Vita Teresa De Vita ... La madre (segment "Funeralino")
Vittorio De Sica ... Il conte Prospero B. (segment "I giocatori")
Pierino Bilancioni Pierino Bilancioni ... Il piccolo Gennarino (segment "I giocatori")
Lars Borgström Lars Borgström ... Federico - the Doorkeeper (segment "I giocatori") (as L. Borgoström)
Mario Passante ... Giovanni - the Butler (segment "I giocatori")


Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Neapolitan episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) losing her husband's ring ; the funeral of a child ; the gambler Count Prospero B. defeated by a kid ; the unexpected and unusual wedding of Teresa, a prostitute ; the "professor" Ersilio Micci, a "wisdom seller". Written by Yepok

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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


The episode Il funeralino shares some setting locations with Il giudizio universale (1961). See more »

Alternate Versions

On April 22nd TCM showed a version of this movie that included the "Dead Child" segment. The run time for this showing was 2:10:44. See more »


Featured in My Voyage to Italy (1999) See more »

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The soul of Naples
4 October 2020 | by jbgeorgesSee all my reviews

The whole soul of the city of Naples is told through 6 short stories featuring its inhabitants, streets and monuments. The incredible photography superbly highlights all aspects of this very special city. In this film, people eat and laugh a lot, talk loudly, play, lie, love, but also cry... Tragedy and death are an integral part of the landscape, like the Vesuvio, both beautiful and threatening. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, the film is always very fine and accurate in its description of the human soul and all the feelings it can harbor. There are some pictures and faces you will not forget so soon...

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Release Date:

11 February 1957 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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