Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »
Don Juan Merino (Aldo Fabrizi) , is a school teacher in a small village of Galicia, he is widowed and has a son "Antonio" of eight years. "Don Juan" decides to request transfer to a big city, and take the train to Madrid where he hoped a new order in the College "Santa Maria". In the capital hopes to better opportunities to his son. Also made a request to the Ministry of Education in order to open a school of painting for all children could study the painting and develop their qualities. Before making its first class is presented to Mr. director (Alfredo Mayo). He submits to a teacher Luisa Fernandez (Mary Lamar) that comes from the ministry and have very different views on the pedagogy and Don Juan shows his talent original educator. For example, gives their students the meaning of the competition fun, letting them learn including its lessons with issues and questions simulating a football, and affirms that the pedagogy not being studied in the books, but in the life. An afternoon Don Juan is going to the feast of baptism of the grandson of "Don Julio" (Felix Fernandez), an employee of the college and enjoys much in the company of the godmother of baptism, the teacher Luisa Fernandez. During his absence the famous letter from the ministry comes home.and "Antonio" decides her to his father, but when crossing the street a truck he ran and the child dies. The pain of the father is immense. Want renounce his career. The director of the college does not accept and he tries to convince his duty is to help students to make good people and just by telling your child also died. Very desperate, don Juan goes toward its class when discovers a new fair student. This film has an intention didactics and moralizing, something that was very frequent in films of those years, and was subsequently replied with fashions opposed in regard to education, but the movie has a healthy intention to show values that have not yet expired as the importance of the school and the essential work of teachers in the work learning and the responsibility. As for the proceedings, is magnificent the Aldo Fabrizi, well above the other, but also are good for Alfredo may, Mary Lamar, Felix Fernandez, and i called attention to the good performance of all children who act in the film. The photography of Antonio Macasoli, and Manuel Merino is excellent. Was the ninth and last film made by Fabrizi. A beautiful film full of feelings, which shows us a little bit of what was the school in the decade of the 50.
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