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The incomparable splendor of Naples, situated in the shadow of a volcano and by the blue sea of an enormous bay, inspired Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to the famous statement: "See Naples and... See full summary »
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The incomparable splendor of Naples, situated in the shadow of a volcano and by the blue sea of an enormous bay, inspired Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to the famous statement: "See Naples and die". But Naples also has a more complex side. Behind the splendor and pomp that dates from the time when Naples still had great political and social influence, one can also find poverty and adversity. The film director Vincent Monnikendam ends in the backstreets and steep alleyways where sunlight barely penetrates, where dark drama and frivolity keep the age-old city in their grip. The central feature of the film is the painting The Seven Acts of Mercy by Caravaggio, the master of the clair-obscur. This altar piece was painted in 1607, commissioned by the noble founders of the Pio Monte della Misericordia, a charitable institution that is still active. Myths about this painting, the history of the Pio Monte, the joy and sorrow of Neapolitans, alternate and combine to form a colourful portrait. ... Written by Anonymous

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Netherlands

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Italian

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18 August 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

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Psyhes tis Napolis See more »

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€7,888 (Netherlands), 21 August 2005, Limited Release
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Memphis Features See more »
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Souls of Nipples?
11 October 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Souls Of Naples is yet another example of a film that documents a peek into the lives of people trying to survive in X city. I've seen this lots and lots of times. Ever since Koyanassiquatsi and Baraka came out, this seems to be an obsessive topic for filmmakers, EG film has essentially no structure, meandering from one person to another, some scenery footage, etc. Let's see, I've seen films done like this on Iran, Rio De Janeiro, Rome, and Eastern Europe. Now it's Naples turn. This is OK, we see many different varieties of people, rich and poor, just married and widowed, rich areas, poor areas, and so on. We also get a glimpse into Gypsy life, which surprisingly made my blood boil, as I have had some rather nasty encounters with them in real life, so imagine my surprise when I became riled up during this portion of this movie. All in all, it's just an OK movie. Nothing really you haven't seen before.


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