An adventuresome comedy set in the hidden heart of Naples, in the company of Giuliana De Sio and Pino Daniele
A unique light-hearted fairytale that combines sweetness, bitterness, romanticism and the grotesque
The only film directed by Elvio Porta, who had already established himself as a successful screenwriter for Sergio Corbucci, Nanni Loy (who lends a hand here) and Lina Wertmüller, Se lo scopre Gargiulo is an exquisitely Neapolitan comedy. The film is a powder keg of an adventure set in the frequently depicted underworld of Naples. With a mainly Neapolitan cast (Giuliana De Sio shines in one of her most convincing roles) and a score composed by the great Pino Daniele. The film alternates between light-hearted fairytale, bitterness, romanticism and the grotesque, for a combination that in many ways makes it a unique work in Italian cinema.
Nurse Teresa is married to the heir of the noble Gargiulo family from Naples. But it is an unhappy marriage. The situation gets worse when the father loses a fortune gambling and the girl attempts to hastily put together enough money to get him out of trouble. In the slums of the city, she meets two thugs who take her on an adventuresome tour of a world inhabited by traffickers and a variety of criminals. In the end, she will understand that she doesn’t belong with the Gargiulo family.