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Heart and Soul (1948)

Cuore (original title)
A young student of an upper-class background who is surrounded by classmates that are of working-class backgrounds, after a novel in diary format by Enrico Bottini.


Oreste Biancoli (screenplay), Gaspare Cataldo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio De Sica ... Professor Perboni
María Mercader ... Clotilde Serra
Lamberto Picasso Lamberto Picasso ... School inspector
Giorgio De Lullo Giorgio De Lullo ... Lt. Renato Gardena
Luigi Pavese Luigi Pavese ... Lari, substitute teacher
Ave Ninchi ... Signora Serra, mother
Carlo Ogliotti Carlo Ogliotti ... Enrico Amici, student
Gino Leurini Gino Leurini ... Garrone, student
Luciano De Ambrosis Luciano De Ambrosis ... Precossi, student
Gualtiero Tomiselli Gualtiero Tomiselli ... Crossi, student
Sergio Serardi Sergio Serardi ... Franti, student
Amerigo Martufi Amerigo Martufi ... 'Muratorino', student
Vito Annichiarico Vito Annichiarico ... Coretti, student (as Vito Chiari)
Geiogio Guglielmo Geiogio Guglielmo ... Votini, student
Francesco Lengo Francesco Lengo ... Nelli, student


A young student of an upper-class background who is surrounded by classmates that are of working-class backgrounds, after a novel in diary format by Enrico Bottini.

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From the man who made "Shoe Shine" and "Bicycle Thief".




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Enzo Cerusico's first film. See more »


Referenced in The Children of Rome Open City (2005) See more »

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Teacher and kids.
8 October 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

This film was based on Edmondo De Amicis' 1886 book CUORE, meant to instill patriotic and moral values, and which has been filmed several times. It is set in 19th Century Turin, and its central character is a paternal and caring teacher, Maestro Perboni (Vittorio De Sica) whose young students adore him. This version includes a connecting plot, about the amorous longings of his co-teacher and co-boarder Clotilde (Maria Mercader) and her failed love for an ambitious young Lieutenant Gardena (Giorgio De Lullo). The best things in the film are the portrayals of the young boys and their personal lives. Of particular note among the young performers are Luciano De Ambrosis, who had been so unforgettable in De Sica's "The Children Are Watching Us;" Gino Luerini, the boy in love with Pier Angeli in "Tomorrow is too Late;" Vito Annichiarico, who was Anna Magnani's son in "Open City;" and Carlo Delle Piane, the Jimmy-Durante-nosed performer who would have success as an adult actor as a favorite in Pupi Avati's films. It is said that De Sica himself directed the sequences with the kids rather than credited director Duilio Coletti. This was made, after all, in the same period that De Sica shot his landmark "The Bicycle Thief." Made too at the time of great political turmoil in Italy, there is a subtext here of the need for social justice, as well as an anti-war message, and Perboni is a socialist whose ideas get him into trouble with the school authorities. Excised from the American release version called "Heart and Soul" are some of the political activities of Perboni as well as the patriotic vignettes about heroic boys that are in the uncut version as well as in the book. This is, all in all, a lovable and charming film, although much less rich than Luigi Comencini's 6-hour TV version of 1984.

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14 June 1950 (USA) See more »

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