"There Are Too Many Italians In Italy"

EXHIBITION : BEING EUROPEAN

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Irish writer Séan O Faoláin comments about life in Naples, and rural Italy.

  • Title
    The Italians: A Personal View by Seán Ó Faoláin
  • 1st Broadcast
    22/11/1972
  • Contributor
    Séan O Faoláin (Narrator)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:13
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Neighbours
  • Clip title
    "There Are Too Many Italians In Italy"
  • Extended description

    O'Faoláin describes Naples as a place off the beaten track, often unseen by the tourists of Venice and Rome.

    In this clip O'Faoláin describes the agrarian nature of life in Naples. The traditional attitude to women here places an expectation on them to produce sons to work the land. O'Faoláin makes analogies between the Neapolitan agrarian lifestyle and that in Ireland 150 years previously. The traditions perpetuate themselves within the community at a local level. The way of life presented here is a side of Italy often ignored or overlooked by the travelling tourist.

  • Information

    'Neighbours' was a six part series in which a selection of Irish writers presented their individual views of European countries. 

    The writers and the countries were, Sean Ó Faoláin on Italy and England, Jack White on Norway, John Montague on France, Francis Stuart on Germany, and Patrick Gallagher on Belgium.

    Neighbours was first broadcast in 1972 and was later remastered and broadcast again in 2005.

  • Local keywords
    Italy, Naples, Poverty, Mafia, Gradini Pallonetto S.Lucia, Sean O Faolain, Séan O Faoláin, Agriculture, Communist Party, Being European, European, Nationality, Citizenship, Europe
  • Geographical coverage
    Italy
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1972
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    P463/00072
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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