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

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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)
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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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Drama | War

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

June 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Four Days of Naples See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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Edited into Film socialisme (2010) See more »

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Excellent docu-drama on civilians resisting wartime recruitment.
23 January 2001 | by Jim Bob-3See 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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