John Turturro’s Passione Review and Trailer

John Turturro has long since been considered one of his generation’s greatest actors. But what not everyone knows is that he has also become one of its more competent directors. And his latest film, Passione, does nothing to discredit this truth.

Passione is a documentary about the rich musical history of the city of Naples, and I assumed going into it that the title was meant to describe the music itself — which it does quite fittingly.  But I realize now that it also describes Mr. Turturro’s feelings toward this particular type of music. And in my opinion, it is this passion of Mr. Turturro’s towards the subject matter that makes the film such a success.

Everyone has that certain friend who knows more about music than they do, and is always pushing their favorite bands on them.  And the funny thing is that more often than not, you end up agreeing with your friend and walk away with a favorite new artist.  This is how I now see John Turturro, as that passionate and knowledgeable friend who asks you to take a few minutes out of your day to listen to something new.  In this case, it’s not just a band but rather an entire genre of music.  And yet Neapolitan music is more than just a genre; it is a way of life.  An attitude.  A philosophy.

Filled with great musical performances, interviews, and a sparse but poignant narration by Mr. Turturro himself, Passione does indeed inspire just that: passion.  At least I for one walked out of the theater and into a world that was somehow just a little bit more vibrant than the one I had inhabited a mere hour and a half before.

Passione will be playing at SFFS/New People Cinema (1746 Post St.) from September 30 – October 13th

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