Passione (image 1)

Beautifully structured and photographed... A vibrant exploration and celebration of Neapolitan music in all its grit and glory

Kevin Thomas, LA Times

Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

Passione 2010

Directed by John Turturro

Actor/director John Turturro takes us on a dramatic musical tour of Naples. “It took an Italian-American to capture with such force the soul and, above all, the suffering and joy of Neapolitan music.” — Il Messaggero

Italy / USA In English and Italian with English subtitles
95 minutes

Director

Producers

Alessandra Acciai
,
Carlo Macchitella
,
Giorgio Magliulo

Screenplay

John Turturro
,
Federico Vacalebre. Based on an idea by Carlo Macchitella

Photography

Marco Pontecorvo

Editor

Simona Paggi

Music

Mina
,
Spakka-Neapolis 55
,
Avion Travel
,
Misia
,
Pietra Montecorvino
,
Massimo Ranieri
,
Lina Sastri
,
M’Barka Ben Taleb
,
Gennaro Cosmo Parlato
,
Peppe Barra
,
Angela Luce
,
Max Casella
,
Raiz
,
James Senese
,
Fausto Cigliano
,
Fiorello
,
Daniela Fiorentino
,
Fiorenza Calogero
,
Lorena Tamaggio
,
Enzo Avitabile
,
Pino Daniele

Festivals

Venice, Toronto 2010

Elsewhere

‘Naples has long held a fascination for me – for its beauty, its danger and above all its music’, says John Turturro. It’s more than fascination: his highly pleasurable tribute to Neapolitan song pulses with desire. The film presents a series of mini-dramas, staged largely in the streets and piazzas, showcasing contemporary Neapolitan singers in a variety of styles, from the traditional to the jazz or hip-hop inflected. It’s a passionate counterblast to the bad press the city has been receiving for the last several decades. In place of clichéd assassins lurking in decaying alleys, flaxen-haired women stalk the same streets, their hearts full of vengeance, their voices fit to thrill recalcitrant lovers into submission. And there is the handsome roué whispering sweet imploring tunes of regret; another crying out his righteous distress while feckless old ladies out for a stroll stand by unmoved. Embraced enthusiastically all over Italy, this valentine to their city has made Sicilian-American Turturro a Neapolitan hero. — BG