Synopsis

SYNOPSIS

When acclaimed actor-director John Turturro was invited to make a film about Neapolitan
music he was intrigued, as an Italian-American who grew up with many of the swooning
ballads that had been popularized. When he revisited the place and met the artists living
there carrying on the tradition, he was completely blown away. The city had so much to say,
there was nothing to do but sit back and listen. Preconceived ideas evaporated and what was
meant to be a straight-ahead documentary transformed into a wild fantasia, an adventure
into the vibrations of history.


In the film’s 23 songs, you can hear the cultures of many invaders, the Greeks, Arabs, French,
Spanish, Normans, and Americans. Eight centuries echo in the aqueducts in "Canto Delle
Lavandaie (Washerwomen’s Song)." In "Tammuriata Nera," WWII is relived as Al Dexter’s
twang collides with the primal roar of Peppe Barra. "O Sole Mio" becomes blend of goldenage
television performances and the North African vibe, and "Malafemmena" is portrayed for
the first time in all its irony, in the context of its very inspiration. The song "Vesuvio
" is
performed only as it can be by those who live at the foot of the volcano bearing that name.


Each song, whether written in protest or superstition, out of love, jealousy, or poverty, is an
emotional postcard about what has changed and what has not. In Naples, life, death, hunger,
and brutality are ever present, but a solitary voice on the street can cause an entire
intersection to break out into song. Passione is Turturro’s celebration of that. With the aid of
journalist Federico Vaccalabre, cinematographer Marco Pontecorvo, and editor Simona
Paggi, along with the resourceful crew of Neapolitans, he has let the film come directly out of
the people, the walls that surround them, and the land they inhabit, and invited us all to join
in the song.

FILMMAKERS

Director
Subject and screenplay
Based on an idea by
Live sound
Editor
Costume designer
Director of Photography
Choreography
Still photographer
Organization
Produced by
JOHN TURTURRO
JOHN TURTURRO and FEDERICO VACALEBRE
CARLO MACCHITELLA
ANTONIO BARBA ( A.I.T.S.)
SIMONA PAGGI ( A.M.C.)
ALESSANDRA GAUDIOSO
MARCO PONTECORVO (A.I.C.)
GIUÀ
GIANNI FIORITO - IOLE CAPASSO
PATRIZIA MASSA E CARLA ALTIERI
ALESSANDRA ACCIAI, CARLO MACCHITELLA
AND GIORGIO MAGLIULO
A coproduction by Skydancer and Squeezed Heart Production with the contribution of Campania regional authority and the European Union Under the patronage of The Municipality of Naples in cooperation with Campania Film Commission with the contribution of The Ministry for Cultural Assets and Heritage - General Directorate for Cinema in cooperation with Cinecittà Luce - Rai Cinema - Madeleine Beta Film
FEATURING

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
FIORENZA CALOGERO
DANIELA FIORENTINO
LORENA TAMAGGIO
ENZO AVITABILE
PINO DANIELE

With the participation of
JOHN TURTURRO