This film, a collage of memory and story, nightmare and fact, holds high the war-shattered image of Naples. It takes us amongst the ruins to show us desperate lives caught up in battle and destruction.
We are not asked to pity or excuse … only to understand, and to witness the consequences of a year of war in a city targeted for its strategic importance.
Last night I sank into my cinema seat prepared to be bored. I had been told I would be. Reviewers had said so on the radio and in the papers. The great machinery of publicity had come to its verdict – I was doomed.
Turned out I wasn’t. I enjoyed a world-shifting three hours of adventure.