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Welcome to Turturro’s ‘Passione’ • Brooklyn Paper

Welcome to Turturro’s ‘Passione’

Actor and Park Slope legend John Turturro stopped by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to present his new film tribute to Naples, “Passione.”
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

John Turturro is on a “musical adventure.”

The famed Park Sloper and Buscemi pal stopped by the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Friday night to show off his new documentary, “Passione,” a 90-minute music video tribute to Naples.

Turturro is a legendary Brooklynite, but the “Barton Fink” and “Big Lebowski” star said he got to know the Italian city of pizza, mobsters and jazz after appearing in a play there.

“I fell in love with the culture,” he said. “It reminded me of New York in the 1970s — a more dangerous and sexier time.”

“Passione” focuses on the rich musical culture of Italy’s southern metropolis. The film had limited dialogue and features songs that are set in different areas to tell a different story of Neapolitan society.

“I tried to find the most evocative areas of Naples to shoot for the songs,” Turturro said.

It’s not just a travelogue; the movie reveals a true insight into Naples life.

So how about a “Passione — Brooklyn”? Sorry, the auteur said, but it’s not in the cards.

“It’d be hard to find a history as deep as Naples in Brooklyn,” said Turturro, who lives in Park Slope (though has never had a blogger write about his garbage, like his pal Steve Buscemi). “Brooklyn has never been torn by war or endured natural disasters like Naples.”

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