The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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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.
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.
Close to the sublime, especially if you have a thing for sensuous Italians of either gender unleashing ballads of soaring romantic masochism.
This is a one-of-a-kind documentary.
Passione is a surprise and a delight from beginning to end.
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.
Passione" succeeds at being as entertaining as its subject matter, replicating the "avalanche" of sound.
...the kind of multi-genre mix tape that comes from an omnivorous musical palette. Yet all of it is Neapolitan, from a region that contains multitudes, and whose voices are raised, if not in unison, in harmony.
Nothing is middle-of-the-road here: It's heartbreaking passion or riotous humor, and always performed at full throttle.
...the music, with songs of infidelity, romance, sorrow and joy, is my draw to "Passione."
...something very unique and often mesmerizing
Part documentary, part musical, all fabulous. John Turturro's deep affection for Naples, Italy, and its music shines through every frame.
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.
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