Naples '44

 (12)6.81 h 28 min2016NR
In 1943, Norman Lewis entered a war-torn Naples. He began writing notes that turned into his masterpiece, a memoir titled NAPLES '44. Francesco Patierno's new documentary imagines Lewis returning many years later to the city that charmed and seduced him.
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Francesco Patierno
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Benedict CumberbatchAlan Arkin
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DocumentaryMilitary and War
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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HMS WarspiteReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Past and present...
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This rather clever Italian presentation contrasts the status of the city of Naples in 1944, in the midst of the disruption of the Second World War, and its modern restored status as a leading city of modern Italy. Its basis is a journal kept by Norman Lewis, a British officer stationed in Naples in 1944 as a liaison officer to the Italian authorities. The premise of the movie is an imagined return to a modern Naples by Norman Lewis, long after the war...

The movie is quietly but effectively narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, reading from Norman Lewis's book. The city itself is portrayed by an interesting mixture of wartime film footage, cuts from various movies filmed in Naples (notably including "Catch 22"), and modern footage. It offers an interesting and very Italian perspective on the passage of time, well worthwhile for the patient viewer and recommended to that audience.
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Bill D.Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good return on your time.
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This is one of the worst and best stories ever. If you aren't affected by the human conditions portrayed in this, there is something wrong with you. You will gain gratitude for your own life and situation, no matter what. Having said that, it's artfully told-- narrated by the author, actually. It's going to hurt, but it's totally worth it.
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DanielleReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful prose and music and insightful history
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This is such a labor of love to have written the story and then made the film. Interesting history involving the American and the Italian during the war, but much more than a war story. It's also about the humanity of the Neapolitans. Thoroughly enjoyed the narration, the history told as an eye-witness account,
BigjerReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth an hour of your time.
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Reminds you of the immenseness of WWII.
MiloBrownReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
poetry
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Just a bunch of gibbering poetry
Bob GrahamReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Overhyped
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Thought it would have footage of Naples after liberation. It has some but lots of footage is from old Hollywood films. Learned nothing and do not recommend.
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StraubingReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting
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Shows life in wartime Naples through Italian and American movies, and newsreels from 1943-44.
The AuthorReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a great docudrama!
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Fantastic, informative, engaging...unexpectedly so on all counts.
Well done!
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