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The Children Are Watching Us (1944)

I bambini ci guardano (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 25 April 1947 (USA)
A four-year old boy, Pricò, becomes the subject of emotional folly by his fluctuant parents and inattentive relatives.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writers:

Cesare Giulio Viola (novel), Cesare Giulio Viola (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 April 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children Are Watching Us See more »

Filming Locations:

Alassio, Savona, Liguria, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Invicta Film,Scalera Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (1980)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marcello Mastroianni was extra in this film See more »

Connections

Referenced in It Happened in '43 (1960) See more »

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I cried and I'm a big fat guy
25 January 2005 | by Dire_StraitsSee all my reviews

Luckily, this movie came on Turner Classic Movies a few years ago and I had the opportunity to see it.

Since then, I have searched for reviews and couldn't find one; it's nice to see that other people have seen this de Sica masterpiece. ;) I was beginning to wonder if I was the only American to see this.

If you have seen it, how can you not love this? As I said, I saw this a few years ago - and only saw it once - yet, there are so many images in my head as I think of the film. The story is heart-wrenching. I cried when I watched it. {blushing}

This film made me a fan of neo-realism. It also was the impetus for me to watch more of de Sica's films and then those of Rossellini and Fellini.

A terrific 'tear-jerker' which SHOULD NOT BE MISSED if you ever get the chance. You'll have missed something very special if you miss it!


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