7.7/10
634
15 user 2 critic

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 »

Director:

Nanni Loy
Reviews
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Kapò (1960)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young Jewish girl leads an escape attempt from a concentration camp.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Stars: Susan Strasberg, Laurent Terzieff, Emmanuelle Riva
The Great War (1959)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.

Director: Mario Monicelli
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Bernard Blier
Il caso Moro (1986)
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The story of the infamous 1978 kidnapping of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro by the left-wing terrorists from the Red Brigades.

Director: Giuseppe Ferrara
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Mattia Sbragia, Bruno Zanin
Viva Italia! (1977)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Several episodes depicting Italian's life in short humoristic stories.

Directors: Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Ornella Muti, Alberto Sordi
Nine Lives (1957)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the ... See full summary »

Director: Arne Skouen
Stars: Jack Fjeldstad, Henny Moan, Alf Malland
Ogro (1979)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden; labor movements are repressed; and Basque nationalists are mercilessly hunted down. ... See full summary »

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Ángela Molina, Saverio Marconi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia. Returning to France, he lives like a vegetable until he meets a... See full summary »

Director: Serge Bourguignon
Stars: Hardy Krüger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An army cadet accompanies an irascible, blind captain on a week-long trip from Turin to Naples. The captain, Fausto, who wants no pity, brooks no disagreement, and charges into every ... See full summary »

Director: Dino Risi
Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Alessandro Momo, Agostina Belli
Los tarantos (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A boy and a girl from two rival Gypsy families fall in love.

Director: Francisco Rovira Beleta
Stars: Carmen Amaya, Sara Lezana, Daniel Martín
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio
The Terrorist (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

War drama inspired by real life events of the Italian partisan Otello Pighin.

Director: Gianfranco De Bosio
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Philippe Leroy, Giulio Bosetti
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

Director: Lina Wertmüller
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fernando Rey, Shirley Stoler
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Raffaele Barbato Raffaele Barbato ... Giovanni Ajello (uncredited)
Charles Belmont Charles Belmont ... Sailor (uncredited)
Regina Bianchi Regina Bianchi ... Concetta Capuozzo (uncredited)
Clara Bindi Clara Bindi ... Maria (voice) (uncredited)
Silvana Buzzanca Silvana Buzzanca ... Immacolata (uncredited)
Enzo Cannavale Enzo Cannavale ... Partigiano (uncredited)
Luigi De Filippo Luigi De Filippo ... Cicillo (uncredited)
Antonella Della Porta Antonella Della Porta ... (uncredited)
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Scared Woman (uncredited)
Anna Maria Ferrero ... (uncredited)
Domenico Formato Domenico Formato ... Gennaro Capuozzo (uncredited)
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Direttore del riformatorio (voice) (uncredited)
Aldo Giuffrè ... Pitrella (uncredited)
Carlo Giuffrè ... Salvatore (voice) (uncredited)
Curt Lowens ... Sakau (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

June 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Four Days of Naples See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

At the beginning of the scene in which Allejo and his gang of kids are having a shootout from the mountain train and Cazzillo gets shot, around 1h 31min, a piece of glass in front of him reflects the crew. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Naples '44 (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Cream of the Crop
5 April 2005 | by SgtSlaughterSee all my reviews

A cast of virtual then-unknowns re-enacts the German takeover of Naples following the Italian Army's surrender to the Allies, and the peasant uprising which ensued. "The Four Days of Naples" was released in 1962 and is shown occasionally on Turner Classic Movies, in Italian with English subtitles.

What's most interesting about this film is that director Loy follows many characters and subplots, and often fails to resolve them because they become lost in the chaos of the house-to-house battle within the city. Frank Wolff ("Desert Assault") is Salvatore, who loves Maria (Lea Massari) even though she has married a rich man. The two wind up fighting along side one another; Gian Maria Volonte is the Captain who helps organize a partisan resistance; Aldo Giuffre (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) is one member of an Italian artillery unit which becomes embroiled in the siege; and Enzo Turco ("Anzio") is a Black-shirt who is taken prisoner despite his Fascist convictions. Every member of the ensemble cast is passionate and utterly convincing. Many were virtually unknown at the time of production, and became big stars in Italy within the next few years.

Director Loy shoots his film with a documentary style. Some shots are well-crafted, though, and give the audience a new perspective on the action. One long pan from a rooftop from which partisans are firing on the Germans shows how the men move from street to street without any cutting at all. The black-and-white cinematography is utterly fantastic. Close-ups of faces deliver all of the drama that dialog simply cannot convey.

The film brings the viewer inside what occupation and resistance do the civilian population of a city. At one point, the Germans drive the citizens out of one quarter so that they can occupy it, forcing people to move in with strangers on the other side of the city. Later, they attempt to conscript Italian men into their labor force, which is what sparks the uprising. The camera follows us into individual homes and family situations, which are ripped apart by the affects of war. He then takes us to massive crowds as they riot in the streets. The scope of battle is excellently captured, as are the cramped alleys and rooms from which the citizens must fight.

There a number of standout vignettes: the Neapolitans throwing furniture from their windows atop the heads of Nazi soldiers in a narrow alleyway; one sequence in which a number of teens escape a reform school to join the fight; a prisoner-negotiation scene in which things go unexpectedly and several Italian civilians are caught in a crossfire; the scene in which the Italian men are taken in trucks to be conscripted, only to have their wives overwhelm the German guards. All of these scenes convey a spirit of freedom, aided by Carlo Rustichelli's rousing score.

"The Four Days of Naples" is a well-crafted drama, intended to be taken seriously, unlike many Italian war films which would follow a few years later. This is an inspiring drama of courage and determination, definitely a must-see for any fan of war films or the Italian cinema.


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed