Original Soundtrack

It Started in Naples

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An entertaining mix of flavorful instrumentals and pop vocal numbers, composed by Alessandro Ciccognini and Carlo Savino for the romantic comedy starring Clark Gable (his second-to-last movie) and Sophia Loren. The music mostly evokes the beauty of the city of Naples, with some references to American popular culture of the time -- "Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano," sung by Loren and Paolo Bacilieri, is funny in its quaint way, as a European take on American attributes. So there's camp value here to go with the mood-setting instrumentals (of which the dark, haunting "The Second Lie" and the charming "Friendship Montage" are probably the best tracks) and the ballads. It's all great fun, and has held up surprisingly well across 50 years, even if it wasn't the most ambitious soundtrack release of its era.