Naples, Italy, city of popular songs, bright colours, luxury hotels overlooking the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius beyond.
GV Naples with waterfront.
TGV PAN..Over slum area at Gabello Vechia.
GV PAN from modern buildings to slum area on opposite side of main street.
LV Slum huts.
SV Ditto, group of children in B/G.
SV Woman washing clothes.
SV Woman enters hut.
CU PAN..From tin roofs to group of children and woman washing clothes.
SV INT..PAN.From children to woman cleaning stove.
SV Window in roof.
CU PAN...From window to bedroom.
LV Postman sorting letters.
SV Children run through alleyway.
SV Family, woman washes dishes on ground.
SV Children play with buckets.
GV Refugee huts.
GV Another slum area at Case Bell'Lavoratori.
LV Slums in street.
SV PAN..From group of slums to little girl crying.
SV Woman hangs washing out of window.
ANGLE V. PAN...From washing across street.
GV Busy street scene in Naples (two shots).
SV Beggar with no arms sits on busy side-walk.
CU Pretty girls in street.
SV Motor-cycle cart and people walking through narrow street of the Via Duomo.
CU Man buys oranges.
CU PAN...From women's underclothing to woman on stall in the Via San Biagio Dei Librai.
SV People buy clothing.
CU Mice in revolving cage.
GV PAN...Hearse carrier leaves slum area.
GV PAN...From new flats and houses in the district of Vomero to La Polda the Villa built like a ship. (owned by a child of Napoli Luigi Luciano).
GV PAN..Over La Polda.
TV PAN..From new building site to new flats.
SV PAN...From new flats to hotels and flats.
PANORAMIC VIEW..Modern buildings of Naples.
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Background: Naples, Italy, city of popular songs, bright colours, luxury hotels overlooking the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius beyond. Sounds and sights for the tourist...
In the heart of them: Gabello Vechia - a slum area of huts with tin roofs, laundry billowing in dirty alleys and washing up on dusty pavements. Children abound, laughing, crying. Up to the age of ten or eleven, the experts say, housing conditions do not affect children - unless the conditions affect the parents. Slum mentality is an evil of all countries.
Old Naples is bawdy, pitiless and busy. An armless beggar can only watch the scene: big women built of macaroni and vermicelli labouring with the weekly wash to dry, pretty girls with an eye for the fashion magazines, the orange sellers crying out their lungs...
Naples means the New City - Neapoles, the Greek builders called it. The old parts today look as old as Vesuvius and poverty seems older. For the poor, there is no escape in this life - they are like the pet mice that are on sale in the street markets, staring in their cages, helpless to force the bars.
Helpless to break the bars of poverty, the poor remain poor; perhaps, if there is a way out past the modern shops and buildings of the tourist quarters to some New Land it is on the back of the timeless hearse that collects its charges in the slums and bears them off.
Gabello Vechia is the largest slum area of the city. Lying near the port of Naples, it received heavy damage in the Second World War. On the bomb sites, new buildings rise...a hospital, apartment blocks.
Our cameraman reported: "The huts the poor live in are small. In fact, they are too small to live in for the whole family. Household chores are done outside. Anyway, there is no running water inside. The men have no fixed work, the children grow up in dirt, many of them are sick, yet many huts have television."
"There are people there who have money enough to change for a better home but they prefer to stay here because in this place nobody asks for rent." That is the slum mentality and it is rife.
"Many children are well trained - but in the wrong way. To look out for tourists and beg for gifts from them." As many as forty children at a time besieged the cameraman for money.