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Passione (2010)

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A look at the musical roots and traditions of Naples, Italy, as well as its influence on the rest of the world.

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John Turturro
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Turturro ... Himself
Max Casella ... Soldier / Jailor / Lover
Angela Luce ... (archive footage)
Massimo Ranieri ... Singer
Loredana Simioli
Mina Mina ... (archive footage)
Peppe Barra Peppe Barra ... Himself
Lina Sastri Lina Sastri
Fiorello Fiorello
Raiz ... Singer
M'Barka Ben Taleb ... Singer
Mísia Mísia ... Singer
Avion Travel Avion Travel ... Themselves
Pietra Montecorvino Pietra Montecorvino ... Singer
Fausto Cigliano Fausto Cigliano
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A look at the musical roots and traditions of Naples, Italy, as well as its influence on the rest of the world.

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Genres:

History | Music

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

Italian | English | Neapolitan | Arabic

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Passione See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,377, 26 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,222, 18 November 2011
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.23 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

CARMELA
Performed by Mina
(P) 2010 Universal Music Italia Srl
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Aptly titled film is a colorful celebration of Neapolitan Music!
26 May 2011 | by dhakim-1See all my reviews

This film will inevitably be compared to Wim Wenders' & Ry Cooder's 'Buena Vista Social Club,' and that's a good thing (and perhaps a not-so-good thing). The comparison gets to the heart of the matter like bright staccato phrase, pointing the reader to an awakening of an older (and sleeping) musical tradition, one influenced by numerous other traditions. The not-so-good? Some viewers will remember the fuzzy focus and the hand-held chaos of parts of BVSC, the parts that made some people sea-sick. Worry not - 'Passione' is a film that benefited from much more planning than Cooder & Wenders had time for, so there will be no nausea in the aisles.

Using the many-faced city of Naples as a whole other character, John Turturro shows his love of the many styles of music found there with sweeping vistas and color-drenched intimate closeups of dancers and lovers and people on the street.

The audience is introduced to the sons of Naples' original recorder of music, who captured sounds around the turn of the 19th century on wax cylinders. Along the way through an almost-aimless dance in the cobbled streets of Napoli, we learn of the many influences benefiting old Neapolitan music - African, Spanish, French, and even jazz. It will be all you can do to keep yourself from leaping out of your seat to dance...

I can't wait for this to come out on DVD - what a blast it was to see it opening night at CineQuest this year!


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