Naples’ most famous theatre family is moving into Castel dell’Ovo. Eduardo with his sunken look, Peppino with the dark moustache, Titina with the prominent nose: until 29 March 2019 the exhibition I De Filippo. Il mestiere in scena brings back to life between the walls of the castle[U11] the dynasty founded by Eduardo Scarpetta.
“Eduardo, Vincenzo and Mario Scarpetta. Eduardo, Titina, Peppino, Luigi and Luca De Filippo. They spanned the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,” explains Alessandro Nicosia, one of the exhibition curators, “telling the story of society with a modernity that never ceases to amaze, and embodying the voices of the war, of the economic revival, of revealed superstition, of the art of making do, of being cunning, and of being pious.”
With more than 70 stage costumes, posters, scripts, manuscripts, photos and videos, we look more closely at the branches of a family tree that is sprinkled with playwrights, actors and directors. It is a family that has marked the history of theatre and brought an extended family onto the stage.
The contributions from the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà are projected onto a panel, and then there are those from Toni Servillo, Luca Zingaretti, Isa Danieli, Lina Sastri, Marco D’Amore, Vincenzo Salemme and other actors who played parts created by Eduardo De Filippo.
The section dedicated to cinema follows, with a collection of his most popular films. In the Salone Italia we arrive in the theatre with twelve stations in which the backdrop of the shows is reproduced, and designs, scripts, letters, costumes and stage props are displayed. Such as the nativity scene that is rejected in Christmas at the Cupiello’s and the woollen shawl worn by Luca, who is a strenuous defender of the Christmas symbol.
The picture of Eduardo’s human side is completed in the upper rooms of the castle, which look at his civic work, his fame, his friends and his mementos while underlining the contemporary feel of his dramatic work, which has been translated and staged in over forty countries.
The exhibition ends with a closer look at the family’s other stars: Eduardo, Vincenzo and Mario Scarpetta, Titina and her brother Peppino, Luigi De Filippo and finally Luca, who died in 2015.
The De Filippo brothers
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