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Amalfi Way (1955)

A look at the sights, sounds, and customs along Italy's Amalfi Coast.

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This travelogue takes the viewer on a picturesque tour of Italy's Amalfi Coast, starting from Naples with the first stop in Sorrento, where the bustling city center has shops selling local handicrafts and food shops and restaurants reminiscent of middle eastern bazaars. Driving down the volcanic coast takes one to Positano. The area once pillaged by African pirates is not forgotten by locals, but the beaches of the area now provide one with a different, more relaxing perspective. The Emerald Grotto is located just off the coast. During high tides, water fills the grotto, light shining through the cave entrances providing a glimmer of the beauty inside. The next stop, the town of Amalfi, is a relatively quiet town which belies its rich Moorish history. Fishing and the decorative arts, specifically mosaics and ceramics, pervade the entire region. The tour concludes in the towns of Cetara, Vietri sul Mare and the Island of Ischia, where tourists are treated to an ancient war dance. Written by Huggo

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Narrator: Carried away by it all, this girl fondles the romantic statue.
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Bland Short
26 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Amalfi Way (1955)

** (out of 4)

A rather bland short from MGM takes us on a tour of the Amalfi coast in South Italy. We take a look at the coastline, which as the documentary tell us, has several Juliet's for the various Romeo's out there. We also see various famous churches and get an idea of what it would be like to visit them. This is a pretty boring short from start to finish and it doesn't help that narrator John Costello appears to be falling asleep while working. The camera-work isn't all that interesting and one has to wonder why MGM was trying to copy their own TravelTalks series, which ended a year earlier. It's clear they were going for the same effect but this thing here just comes off as a lazy copycat.


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