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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:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 April 1947 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Alassio, Savona, Liguria, Italy See more »

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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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The first Neo-Realist Masterpiece
29 December 2000 | by Aw-komonSee all my reviews

An unbelievably great film made a year before Visconti's "Ossessione" which is often wrongly considered the first official neo-realist film. It's a bit melodramatic in parts but filled with scene after scene of immortal, poignant truths not only about the way a child sees adults but the way everyone sees everyone else in reality and in the 'real world' where purity of soul and honesty matters and is always heroic, where as Pascal wrote, man's greatness is so obvious it can even be deduced from his wretchedness. This extremely fleeting 'real world' is never fixed but nevertheless always there in some essence or another waiting to be discovered and 'captured' underneath a thousand and one veils. Neo-realism provided techniques for snaring those elusive essences better. And these techniques have endured to this day, where the sons of the sons of neo-realist films from all around the world are instantly recognized as valuable and given acclaim (most recently a slew of impressive films from Iranian directors). Even if De Sica hadn't gone on to make "Shoeshine," "Bicycle Thief," and "Umberto D" he already had enough in this one little film to earn respect as one of the supreme artists of the 20th century.


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