While vacationing in Italy, Nick Morell, son of John Morell, a famous English philosopher and amateur musician and his wife Catherine, becomes friendly with young Guido, and Morell ...
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One of the few (if any at the time this film was made) films shot in England with New York City's 'Little Italy" as the locale. This was Edward Dmytryk's first film after he had refused to ... See full summary »
While vacationing in Italy, Nick Morell, son of John Morell, a famous English philosopher and amateur musician and his wife Catherine, becomes friendly with young Guido, and Morell discovers the boy has an extraordinary instinct for orchestration and a phenomenal music memory. A neighboring couple, Signor and Signora Boudini become aware of the boy's talents, and she appeals to his parents to let her educate him musically. Torn by their love for their son and, they feel,the duty to let the world hear his talent, they consent. The boy is tutored by Dr. Lorenzo. Signora Bondini denies the boy all contact with his parents and everyone else except her. She also has neither sent his letters to his family, nor let him see the ones they've sent to him. He becomes phenomenally successful and makes the grand tour of Europe as Signora Bondini is enraptured by the acclaim given her through her "discovery" of the boy. She prepares to take him to America and also prepares adoption papers. Written by
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Hey I'm a sucker for these mid-20th century British films. This is a good one especially the last half of the film. The film starts out a little slow in the beginning, especially if you're not a classical music fan (as I'm really not), but keep watching, don't give up on it. It builds to a nice crescendo in the end. The boy (Guido) really does an impressive acting job, as does the lady who is there guiding Guido's career musical path. Not to say that the film doesn't have an issue. The producers of the film obviously enjoyed classical music (an perhaps spent a little more time on the music than some may like) but this music was very popular during the time period when the movie was released. if you like British films made in the 1950s, give this one a look. It's not a long movie at just 87 minutes and I think well worth watching.
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