Documentary Explores History of Baseball in Italy

Orlando Weekly | March 26, 2007
During World War II, the Italian city of Nettuno was turned on to the game of baseball by American GIs, and they haven't turned loose of it yet. "If you speak of Nettuno, you're speaking of baseball," says one of the elderly aficionados who offer their opinions in this documentary. Nettuno is preternaturally obsessed with baseball, and City of Baseball attempts to express the city's deep-rooted love for the game. An espresso machine in the dugout is as interesting to see as the Italian fans mimicking their American counterparts (the use of air horns, umpire-baiting, etc.), but the film -- like the game it portrays -- is a somnambulant one, occasionally punctuated by fascinating moments.

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