L'Oro di Napoli (1954)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Urban Comedy  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Vittorio De Sica, Cesare Zavattini, and Giuseppe Marotta wrote this anthology of tales depicting various aspects of Neapolitan life, with the emphasis of poignancy and comedy: "The Racketeer" features Toto with a gangster as his unwanted house guest; "Pizza On Credit" gave Sophia Loren one of her first starring roles, as a wayward wife who loses her wedding ring; "The Gambler" stars De Sica in a hilarious performance as a compulsive gambler whose rich family won't give him money, so he's reduced to playing cards with the young son of his servant; "Theresa" features Silvana Mangano as a prostitute who discovers that a man really does have to be crazy to marry her. (Two other episodes were cut for the film's U.S. release.)

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cards, extramarital-affair, gambler-compulsive, gangster, house-guest, marriage, philandering, prostitute/prostitution, wedding-ring, wife