Most likely made for the large Neapolitan immigrant population in the States, Roberto Leone Roberti’s love poem to Naples more than captures the heartache of the countless émigrés who were forced by economic circumstances to leave their homeland.
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Music reshapes and embosses, so I stopped the Claydermanesque (ugh) version of a Beatles song the film starts with, pulling the walls of Naples in a caramel goo lagoon, and put Webern instead. More on a whim or gut reaction, as I’m no classics expert. Passacaglia was first. And man, all of a sudden I had before my eyes that magic city I’ve heard or read about as a child – the sunk city which emerges from the sea