Might be considered one of the best films of all time. This story of star-crossed adolescent lovers is well-served by the hauntingly beautiful music of Alessandro Cicognini. Vittorio De Sica is superb as the understanding teacher. Gino Leurini and beautiful Pier Angeli are respectively the Romeo and Juliet of the plot in which the intensity of the teen-agers emotions is heightened by the confining context of school life. Though little appreciated by the intelligentsia, whose taste usually leans to angst rather than tragedy - the film only got a silver ribbon - it was a huge success with the general public and deserves to be better remembered. It is a great humanist drama in the best Italian tradition.
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