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The Children Are Watching Us (1944)
"I bambini ci guardano" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  25 April 1947 (USA)
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A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Cigoli ...
Andrea - il padre
Luciano De Ambrosis ...
Pricò
Isa Pola ...
Nina - la madre
Adriano Rimoldi ...
Roberto - l'amante di Nina
Giovanna Cigoli ...
Agnese - la governante
Jone Frigerio ...
La nonna (as Ione Frigerio)
Maria Gardena ...
La signora Uberti
Dina Perbellini ...
Zia Berelli
Nicoletta Parodi ...
Giuliana
Tecla Scarano ...
La signora Resta
Ernesto Calindri ...
Claudio
Olinto Cristina ...
Il rettore - The Chancellor
Mario Gallina ...
Il medico
Zaira La Fratta ...
Paolina
Armando Migliari ...
Il commendatore
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Storyline

The film follows the anguish of the four-year-old, Prico, after his mother, Nina, leaves his father, Andrea, for her lover Roberto. Prico is sent to his aunt and then to his grandmother. Nina returns when Prico is sick and vows to give up Roberto, even though he persists in seeing her. The family situation gradually improves until they take a holiday on the Italian Riviera. Written by Will Gilbert

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The tragic story of a boy of unhappy parents and his struggle for happiness! See more »

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Drama

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25 April 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Little Martyr  »

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1.37 : 1
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Marcello Mastroianni was extra in this film See more »

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A Perfect Match of Child Actor and Legendary Director: Honest Storytelling
28 March 2013 | by (Corning, California) – See all my reviews

Once in a great while, a child actor and a director are perfectly matched so that the child delivers an indelible performance that etches itself firmly into film history, as Jean-Pierre Leaud did for Truffault in The 400 Blows, or Haley Joel Osment accomplished for Shamalyan in The Sixth Sense; The child Luciano De Ambrosis performs with an incredible sensitivity to the insensitive adults around him, a mother and father who search for their own bliss while forgetting their child's well-being. Because it was released during WWII in Italy, DeSica's early effort did not receive the kudos it deserved, but deserves to rank in the pantheon with Bicycle Thief and Umberto D; it's a simple story of learning bitter lessons, with a memorable, well-defined sense of time and atmosphere.


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