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Giallo napoletano (1979)

A mandolin professor, reduced to playing the itinerant player, sees his feeble gains wasted at the game by his father.

Director:

Sergio Corbucci

Writers:

Giuseppe Catalano, Sabatino Ciuffini (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Raffaele Capece
Ornella Muti ... Lucia
Michel Piccoli ... Victor Navarro
Renato Pozzetto ... Inspector Voghera
Zeudi Araya Cristaldi ... Elizabeth Hover (as Zeudi Araya)
Capucine ... Sister Angela
Peppino De Filippo ... Raffaele's Father
Peppe Barra Peppe Barra ... Giardino (as Giuseppe Barra)
Franco Javarone Franco Javarone ... Bugsy Sella
Gennarino Palumbo Gennarino Palumbo ... Suonatore ambulante (as Gennaro Palumbo)
Carlo Taranto Carlo Taranto
Natale Tulli Natale Tulli ... Alfie the Hood
Elena Fiore ... Donna Filomena
Dino Curcio Dino Curcio ... (as Armando Curcio)
Salvatore Furnari Salvatore Furnari ... Agostino Ampolla
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A mandolin professor, reduced to playing the itinerant player, sees his feeble gains wasted at the game by his father.

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 April 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Actos prohibidos de amor y venganza See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Originally planned to be a sequel of La mazzetta (1978), with Marcello Mastroianni replacing Nino Manfredi in the role of Sasà Jovine. See more »

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Atrocious Tales of Love and Death
24 August 2010 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This is an interesting film. It is an Italian giallo to some extent as the title suggests, but it sits a little uneasily in that genre because it is also very much an A-list film with heavyweight actors like Marcello Mastroanni. The female lead Ornella Muti had been in an earlier giallo ("Oasis of Fear") and several other B-movie genre films, but she too was really on the verge of international stardom by 1978. Director Sergio Corbucci meanwhile was certainly famous for genre films, but not for gialli--his specialty was spaghetti westerns, where he was undoubtedly the second most esteemed director next to Sergio Leone.

This also has an element of (completely intentional)comedy that puts it somewhat add odds with most giallo thrillers, and it really dials back both the graphic violence and the sex and nudity. It probably has as much in common with the Hollywood comedy-thriller "Foul Play" that came out the same year as it does with most other Italian gialli. Mastroanni plays a mandolin player who, while trying to cover his senile father's gambling debts, is sent to perform a serenade at a high rise building and witnesses a shootout and a man being thrown from a window to his death (the first of several falls from windows that the beleaguered hero witnesses). He gets mixed up with a famous conductor and his gorgeous wife (Zeudi Araya) as well as with the conductor's beautiful daughter-in-law (Muti). The whole thing involves a confusingly intricate blackmail plot and a horrible secret dating back to World War II. There's a really good twist at the end.

Mastroanni was every bit as talented as any Hollywood actor and quite a bit more daring when it came to taking offbeat roles (i.e. he was in Roman Polanski's insane black comedy "What?" a few years before this and the next year he appeared with a "barely legal" Nastassia Kinski in the incest-themed sex romp "Stay the Way You Are"). Ornella Muti and Zeudi Araya both bring breathtaking beauty and a good deal of glamor to their roles. Corbucci does a good job directing, showing a flair for both comedy and thrills. And the musical score is also quite superb. It's a little hard (and perhaps a bit unfair) to try to fit this film in with the rest of the giallo genre, but it certainly stands on its own as an interesting, well-made movie.


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