The Kingdom of Naples

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The Kingdom of Naples

The Kingdom of Naples

Release Date: June 08, 1978

Year    :   1978
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion, ZDF, P.B.C. S.p.a.
Director    :   Werner Schroeter
Producers    :   Peter Berling, Michelangelo Ciafré, Roberto Ornaro, Angelo Corrieri, Matteo Marino
Writers    :   Werner Schroeter, Wolf Wondratschek, Gerardo D'Andrea
RunTime    :   130 mins.

Cahiers du cinéma critic Serge Daney asks whether The Kingdom of Naples is "leftist fiction, kitschy melodrama, photo-roman, a decadent chronicle of a city, opera in a minor key, or simply the first realistic narrative film by Schroeter?" It is all of these and more: an epic chronicle of proletarian family life in Naples from 1943 to 1972 that brilliantly captures the wretched poverty, overwrought passions, and political, religious and economic upheavals of Sicily across two generations. Schroeter assimilates neorealist aesthetics and class sympathies with the tempestuous excesses of popular melodrama, borrowing freely from Rossellini, Pasolini, Visconti, Brecht, and Rossini. (Facets)

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