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The Vesuvians

Original title
I vesuviani (The Vesuvians)
Running time
140 min.
Italy Italy
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Pappi Corsicato, Ivan Cotroneo, Marcello Garofalo, Antonietta de Lillo, Laura Sabatino, Antonio Capuano, Stefano Incerti, Mario Martone, Fabrizia Ramondino
Flavio Brunetti, Pasquale Catalano, Pappi Corsicato, Antonello Paliotti
Cesare Accetta, Antonio Baldoni, Luca Bigazzi, Pasquale Mari
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Megaris / Mikado Films / Radiotelevisione Italiana / Telepiù
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.
1997: Venice Film Festival: Nominated for Golden Lion
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