It Started in Naples Reviews
And yet, despite all that, I found it somewhat enjoyable, and certainly better than expected. Shot on location in Naples and Capri, the scenery is gorgeous and many of the shots in the streets or piazzas look authentic. Gable gets off a lot of wry one-liners in a script where the dialogue is better than events. Loren may not have the greatest dance moves, but she does show both a comedic side and a touching side in her playful relationship with her son, in addition to, well, being a knockout and all. I love the scene where Loren is sprawled out face down on the bed after a long night dancing, and her son pokes her in the behind with a meat fork in front of Gable. The supporting cast is all-Italian, and the little boy (Marietto) and the lawyer (Vittorio De Sica) turn in good performances. There are moments that seem cliché, but there are also moments that seem spontaneous, and quite true to southern Italy. Far from perfect, but enjoyable.
Enjoyed this movie. :)
Rather a standard enough romcom, though occasionally well written. But the real star of the film is the beauty of Naples.
This isn't my favorite Gable or Loren film, (there are much better ones out there for both) but it seemed like everyone was making movies in Italy during the 60s, and why not Clark Gable? It's not really a total waste of almost two hours, but if there's something else on that's three stars, go for it.
In this one, Gable plays Michael Hamilton who has come to Capri to put his dead brother's affairs in order. He also finds that he had a 10 year old son, Nando, (Marietto Paolo Carlini) and is considering having him sent to the States also, to the disappointment of his Aunt, Lucia Curcio (Sophia Loren). Fireworks ensue.
Part of the problem is that Gable is 33 years older than Loren and the fact that he's so fastidious. This is one of those "fish out of water" pictures where we are thrown into an alternative culture and learn to appreciate it. But we always think of Gable as kind of International and to see him so xenophobic is kind of disappointing.
An American produced movie with both american and Italian actors... this wasn't surely going to be good.
But right after its beginning "It Started in Naples" cought my attention. The main story is something I suppose many people experienced back in Italy in those years; locations are just amazing, Sophia Loren & Clark Gable act amazingly in this movie that tells a piece of Italian history.
Another thing that I did really like is that life in the South of Italy is so realistic in this movie; I really saw lots of my own country in this movie... that was almost like watching a history documentary, just it was much more funny!