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The Gold of Naples

1954 1h 47m Comedy List
71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 89% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
An anthology of stories set in Naples, Italy, where director Vittorio De Sica spent much of his childhood. The humorous yet heartfelt tales include the story of a pizza seller (Sophia Loren) who loses her wedding ring; a gambler (Totò) who is routinely beaten by a kid at cards; and the wedding of a prostitute named Teresa (Silvana Mangano). Other tales include a clown who is subjected to ridicule by a gang of criminals and the events surrounding the funeral of a small child. Read More Read Less

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Bosley Crowther New York Times It is well photographed. It has good music. And the English subtitles for the Italian dialogue are clever, too. But it misses saying anything more about Naples than that its people are actors down to their toes. May 6, 2008 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader The episodes range from farce to pathos, though the dominant tone is one of strained sentimentality. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Vernon Young The Hudson Review A dazzling example of De Sica’s versatility and of his mastery of the tragicomic vein. Jan 30, 2024 Full Review André Bazin Cahiers du Cinéma As for the professional actors, it would be an understatement to say that De Sica brings out the best in them: he reconstitutes them entirely. Jun 12, 2023 Full Review George N. Fenin Film Culture [A] remarkably warm and sincere film. Mar 28, 2022 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A five-story package deal from Italy, overlong and at limes difficult to follow. Its best moments, however, prove that director Vittorio de Sica (Shoe Shine, The Bicycle Thief) is still a master of his craft. Oct 25, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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paul d The five episodes (there were seven in the original Italian release) put the full range of Napoli's humanity on display, showcasing the city and its people for their grit, their wit and their infinite charm. Two performances in particular are worth the price of admission, those of Silvana Mangano as a prostitute gone straight, and screenwriter and director Vittoria de Sica himself as an unlucky, inveterate gambler. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member another winner from the gr8 Vittorio de sica Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The scene with Loren walking down the street is classic! The rest of the film suffers in comparision... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member not much of a film but great footage of Napoli in the 50s.. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An anthology of stories set in Naples, Italy, where director Vittorio De Sica spent much of his childhood. The humorous yet heartfelt tales include the story of a pizza seller (Sophia Loren) who loses her wedding ring; a gambler (Totò) who is routinely beaten by a kid at cards; and the wedding of a prostitute named Teresa (Silvana Mangano). Other tales include a clown who is subjected to ridicule by a gang of criminals and the events surrounding the funeral of a small child.
Director
Vittorio De Sica
Producer
Dino De Laurentiis, Carlo Ponti
Production Co
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
Italian
Runtime
1h 47m