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The Gold of Naples

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L'Oro di Napoli
Directed byVittorio De Sica
Written byGiuseppe Marotta (novel)
Vittorio De Sica
Cesare Zavattini
Produced byDino De Laurentiis
Marcello Girosi
Carlo Ponti
StarringSilvana Mangano
Sophia Loren
Paolo Stoppa
CinematographyCarlo Montuori
Edited byEraldo Da Roma
Music byAlessandro Cicognini
Distributed byPonti-De Laurentiis Cinematografica, Paramount Pictures, Distributors Corporation of America (US)[1]
Release date
11 February 1957 (USA)
Running time
131 minutes
Box office$72,000 (US rental)[1]

The Gold of Naples (Italian: L'oro di Napoli [ˈlɔːro di ˈnaːpoli]) is a 1954 Italian anthology film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It was entered into the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The film is a tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Neapolitan episodes: a clown exploited by a hoodlum; an unfaithful pizza seller (Loren) losing her wedding ring; the funeral of a child; the impoverished inveterate gambler Count Prospero B. being reduced to force his doorman's preteen kid to play cards with him (and losing regularly); the unexpected and unusual wedding of Teresa, a prostitute; the exploits of "professor" Ersilio Miccio, a "wisdom seller" who "solves problems".


Segment Teresa

Segment Pizze a credito

Segment Il professore

Segment Il guappo


Paramount did not take up its option to release the film in the United States and it wasn't until February 1957 that the film was finally distributed there, being shown at the Paris Theater in New York for 18 weeks, earning the distributor, Distributors Corporation of America, $72,000.[1]

The film consists of segments including "The Racketeer", "Pizza on Credit", "The Gambler" and "Theresa".[3] The segment "A Child is Dead" was not initially released.[4]

The film was voted one of the Ten Best Foreign Language Films of 1957 by The New York Times.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "'Gold of Naples' Pays Off". Variety. June 12, 1957. p. 4. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Gold of Naples". Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  3. ^ a b "The Gold of Naples: Miscellaneous Notes". TCM. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  4. ^ Weinberg, Herman G. (Winter 1962–1963). "The Legion of Lost Films". Sight & Sound. Vol. 32, no. 1. British Film Institute. pp. 42–45. Retrieved 3 December 2022 – via

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