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The Vesuvians

Original title
I vesuviani (The Vesuvians)
Year
Running time
140 min.
Country
Italy Italy
Director
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Screenwriter
Pappi Corsicato, Ivan Cotroneo, Marcello Garofalo, Antonietta de Lillo, Laura Sabatino, Antonio Capuano, Stefano Incerti, Mario Martone, Fabrizia Ramondino
Music
Flavio Brunetti, Pasquale Catalano, Pappi Corsicato, Antonello Paliotti
Cinematography
Cesare Accetta, Antonio Baldoni, Luca Bigazzi, Pasquale Mari
Cast
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Producer
Megaris / Mikado Films / Radiotelevisione Italiana / Telepiù
Genre
Comedy. Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Offering a host of different visions--a quintet of fairytale visions of Naples by five of the city's most accomplished filmmakers: firstly, "La Stirpe di Iana/Iana's Descendants" concerns a tale of kidnapping and a group of modern-day warrior women on motorcycles, all named after Italian soap-powder brands; "Maruzella" centers on a maudlin, aging transvestite who lives above a porn theater and provides arcane services to 'her' patrons until an encounter with a romantically jaded woman changes her life; "Sofialoren" is a surrealistic tale about a poor fisherman and his beloved squid that turns into a beautiful woman at night; "Il Diavolo nella Bottiglia/The Devil in the Bottle" is a moral tale of covetousness and comeuppance; and finally, "La Salita/The Climb" follows the mayor of Naples as he schleps up Mt. Vesuvias, on the way meeting emblematic figures, and pondering the somewhat muddled mission of 'the left' in the current political climate.
Awards
1997: Venice Film Festival: Nominated for Golden Lion
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