Assunta Spina

Synopsis: Napoli, gli inizi del secolo. Assunta Spina è una bella stiratrice ed ha per amante Michele, ma Raffaele continua a girarle attorno. Un giorno, durante il pranzo di onomastico a Marechiaro, la donna invita Raffaele a ballare : per Michele è troppo, prende il coltello e la sfregia. Viene arrestato e condannato a due anni, da scontare nel carcere di Avellino. In tribunale, la donna viene avvicinata da Federigo Funelli, un cancelliere che si offre di aiutarla per far restare Michele a Napoli. La donna accetta l'aiuto dell'uomo e ne diviene l'amante, fino ad innamorarsene. La sera dell'antivigilia di Natale Assunta aspetta Federigo a casa, ma arriva Michele, scarcerato in anticipo. La donna confessa tutto, e l'uomo, pazzo di gelosia, affronta il rivale e lo uccide con un coltello, dileguandosi. Quando arrivano gli agenti, Assunta dichiara di esser stata lei ad uccidere Federigo e viene portata in prigione.
Genre: Drama
72 min


Assunta lives with her father in the outskirts of

Naples. She waits for her fiance, Michele Boccadifuoco.

Raffaele, who also loves

Assunta, surprises them.

Raffaele is troubled because

Michele has replaced him.

Go, leave me alone!

Raffaele's revenge.

[handwritten note] Michele, watch Assunta, because

when you're away, she consoles herself with another.

Assunta will go to live in

Naples and work in my laundry.

Joy shines again in the

hearts of the two lovers.

In Naples, the laundry was close to

the Boccadifuoco's butcher shop.

Michele and Assunta lived happily.

It is Asunta's birthday.

A picnic at Posillipo.

Assunta is picnicking at Posillipo.

Today is her birthday.

Raffaele disturbs the

serenity of the party.

Michele grows jealous.

Teasing and flirting.

The gypsy's prophecy:

"I see blood in your future".

The mark of love and hatred, "a wound".

A mirror! A mirror!

Michele is arrested.

The trial of Michele.

The attention of the people.

The bailiff called to the

court "Assunta Spina".

No! It wasn't him! No! No!

His mother. "Wretch! You've

ruined my child's whole life!"

Look what your son has done!

And I lied to save him!


"Two years! Two years!..."

Federigo Funelli, the scribe of the

court, is interested in Assunta.

"Come on! Do not despair ..." "And if he is sent to a

prison far away? How could I continue to see him?"

"What should I do? Money? How much?

Sell everything... Speak!"

"It is not that... for you ..."

"So thank you very much!..."

Assunta! Assunta! They have decided that Michel will serve

his sentence in the Avellino prison... So far away?

"You told me that Michele could stay

in Naples?..." "Yes, it's true."

"Then I want him to stay in Naples!" "OK...

but we must speak elsewhere ...!" "Come ..."

The clerk kept his word.

The visitor's room.

But the flames of love die slowly in Assunta's

heart. She just does not feel good about herself.

They spend several months together and... Michele

continues writing letters from prison, but in vain...

Christmas Eve.

Come home! At least tonight!

It's Christmas Eve!

Good night! And Merry Christmas!

"But what are his intentions?" "He says

he will marry me ..." "And Michele?..."

"In six months, when he leaves prison...

I won't be here any longer!!"

You! You! Free? Six

months ahead of schedule!

"Back off! Back off! I am

not worthy of you!..."

The soldier leaned over, touched a small hand, cold and

trembling, and Assunta Spina appeared in the darkness.

"Who killed this man?..."

"It was I, officer."

This edition of "Assunta Spina" has been restored

from a positive nitrate from the period, tinted

according to the Caesar Film original with Portuguese

titles, preserved in the Cinemateca Brazilia in Sao Paulo

under the title "Neapolitan Blood"; It was released 60

years ago as a lavendar negative with the original titles

and preserved in the

Cinematheque Italia in Milan.

The restoration was carried out by

L'IMMAGINE Ritrovato in November 1993.

The colors have been restored thanks to the

method of No? Desmet of the Belgian Cin? Ath? Ue.

Musical accompaniment Guido

Sodo and Francois Laurent.

A very special thanks to Cinemateca Italia.

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Salvatore Di Giacomo

Salvatore Di Giacomo (12 March 1860 – 5 April 1934) was an Italian poet, songwriter, playwright and fascist intellectual, one of the signers of the Manifesto of the Fascist Intellectuals. Di Giacomo is credited as being one of those responsible for renewing Neapolitan dialect poetry at the beginning of the 20th century. The language of Salvatore Di Giacomo is, however, not the everyday Neapolitan language of his contemporaries; it has a distinct 18th-century flavour to it, archaisms that recall the golden age of Neapolitan culture, the period between 1750-1800, when Neapolitan was the language of the best-loved form of musical entertainment in Italy, the Neapolitan comic opera, and was even the language of the Bourbon court of Naples, itself. more…

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