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Passione (2011)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 2

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Little wonder that Passione, John Turturro's wild, colorful, sexy ode to the music and people of Naples, was "rapturously received" (Variety) and interrupted by "spontaneous outbreaks of applause" (Sight + Sound Magazine) in Italy, where it played for more than four months (its soundtrack on the charts for five). A brilliant actor in film, theater, and television, Turturro is also the director of three features (including the hilarious, irreverent Romance & Cigarettes which premiered at Film

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Turturro creates the sense that music spews spontaneously from the average Neapolitan and limits the film's educational quotient. But as anyone who has been to Naples knows, you don't go there to learn but to live, out loud.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's a happy ramble through the storied streets with Turturro as our guide, not pretending to be an expert; it's more like having a good friend take you to this place he really loves.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Close to the sublime, especially if you have a thing for sensuous Italians of either gender unleashing ballads of soaring romantic masochism.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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This is a one-of-a-kind documentary.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Passione is a surprise and a delight from beginning to end.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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What Turturro, who appears in the film as a combination tour guide and impresario, has come up with is closer to a fantasia than a traditional documentary.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment (1)
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Nothing is middle-of-the-road here: It's heartbreaking passion or riotous humor, and always performed at full throttle.

December 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

...the music, with songs of infidelity, romance, sorrow and joy, is my draw to "Passione."

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...something very unique and often mesmerizing

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Part documentary, part musical, all fabulous. John Turturro's deep affection for Naples, Italy, and its music shines through every frame.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

That's the charm of "Passione." Turturro is so head over heels in love with this city and this music he's willing to risk looking a little stupid. Ah, l'amore.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Like pasta, Turturro throws it on the wall and some of it sticks.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

There's a pleasant song at the beginning of "Passione." Then, another one that sounds almost exactly the same. Then, another and another and another.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

You can't exactly say you've learned the story of Neapolitan music after watching it, but you certainly feel invigorated by the color, motion and, especially, sound that Turturro has marshaled.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian

A multi-dimensional painting of the rich culture of Naples in sound and image.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

[D]espite confusing presentation of . . . specifics of each song and artist . . . the passion comes through, enthusiastically bringing Neapolitan music to the world stage.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Passione

John Turturro takes us on a tour of the Naples music scene, where a melange of influences---from opera to Arabic music to American jazz/pop of the 1940s (brought in by G.I.s during WWII)---blend together to create a unique musical atmosphere. Almost entirely built around full length music-video style performances, it's more a variety show than a documentary. Entertaining, but your actual rating will depend on how well you like the performers.
November 28, 2011
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