Nino D’Angelo emigrates to America but stays 100% faithful to himself
In addition to songs, love and laughter, this time we even jump into the ring like Rocky Balboa
Nino D’Angelo is a guarantee of success, even when catapulted into the USA: “He left in jeans and a t-shirt and conquered America” was the film’s advertising tagline. As always, there is nostalgia for Naples, a tender love story that has to overcome a few obstacles, a few comic turns and, naturally, the songs of Nino. This time out, there is also a friendship with an African-American who turns out to be a skilled boxer, allowing for a Rocky-style fight (with regards Hollywood references, the film also tips its hat to Flashdance). As the nightclub owner who recognises the young man’s pugilistic talent, we surprisingly find Eddie Constantine, the actor who became famous playing Lemmy Caution in 1950s French cinema and was later cast by an array of European auteurs, from Godard to Fassbinder to von Trier.
Nino has emigrated to New York. He delivers milk door-to-door, yearns for Naples and befriends Matumba, an African-American boy. He falls in love with the standoffish Anna, who is also being chased by a well-off American. Nino finds work as a singer in a club. Matumba turns out to be a talented boxer and the young Neapolitan bets on him to succeed. He wins the money he needs to return home.