Eugenio Perego

S.: dallla omonima canzone di Gaetano Lama (musica) e Francesco Fiore (versi). F.: Emilio Guattari. Int.: Leda Gys (Nennella), Silvio Orsini (Mario), Pina Piovani (Paquita, stella del varietà), Gennaro Sebastiani, Lorenzo Soderini, Sergio Amato, Clarette D’Elia. P.: Lombardo-film. 35mm. D.: circa 85′.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

The plot is weak but the pretext is right for a comedy that almost seems to invoke the talkies, wich are already moving in successfully. “Excellent realization – wrote the reviewer for Rivista Cinematografica from Turin, who was never very indulgent with films made in the shadow of Vesuvius – No narrow alleyways, no grime: the Naples of this film is the modern Naples, the one that can actually be seen today when walking through the city”. The reviewer for Roman magazine Kines the makes a paean to the talent and sprightliness of Leda Gys: “Ardent, passionate, then sweet and delicate as an idyllic soul, then violent and combative as a guttersnipe, but always joyous and lively, [Leda Gys] touched the entire range of emotions with nuances of truly admirable perfection”. This judgement was shared by Francesco Manelli, from Cinemalia of Milan, who added: “At times mischievous at times serious, big girl and little lady, passionate lover then jealous and spiteful, caressing then scratching, mutable like the Neapolitan soul, like March in the song which ‘nu poco chiove e nu poco schiove’, ready with a luminous smile to dispel the tenuous veil of tears”.

Vittorio Martinelli

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