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These notes turned into the masterpiece NAPLES ‘44. This film adaptation imagines Lewis returning to the city that charmed and seduced him many years later. This visionary reminiscence is made up of flashbacks between the places of the present that Lewis revisits and the stories of the past.
We see in eighty minutes a thrilling and unpredictable parade of absolutely unforgettable stories and characters: women in feather hats milking cows in the rubble, statues of saints carried by hysterical
crowds attempting to stop Vesuvius erupting and impoverished professionals surviving by impersonating aristocratic uncles from Rome at funerals and weddings. But NAPLES ‘44 is also – and perhaps above all - a powerful condemnation of the horrors of war, whether just or unjust.
In the Ricky Gervais comedy 'The Invention of Lying,' a world in which nobody can conceive of the concept of fiction, movies consist simply of a narrator reading from a book of historical facts. 'Naples ’44' isn’t quite that bare-bones, but at times it suggests a way Gervais’s characters could have ...