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SUNDAY

The residents of Naples have a lot of complaints, it seems, and one refrain is the futility of having adopted the Euro. “What do we have to do with Europe?” demands one testy local patriot, apparently unaware that her hometown has not been an independent city-state in some 150 years. Dutch filmmaker Vincent Monnikendam’s Souls of Naples finds plenty of independence among the citizens, patrician and peasant alike, who live in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. That volcano is one of the motifs binding this loosely structured documentary, but the principal themes are charity and Caravaggio, linked by the painter’s 1607 canvas, The Seven Works of Mercy. (Not all the locals appreciate the characteristically earthy painting; one describes it as “like a porno movie.”) Poetry, song, and architecture are juxtaposed with poverty, racism, and sweatshops, but one thing is certain: There’s always something more to say about this “confused city.” The film screens at 4 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. (MJ)