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Light in the Piazza (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 9 February 1962 (USA)
Upper class Americans Noel and Meg Johnson have a twenty-six year old daughter named Clara Johnson. Clara suffered a head injury as a child which resulted in her being mentally disabled. ... See full summary »

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Guy Green

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Elizabeth Spencer (story), Julius J. Epstein (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Olivia de Havilland ... Meg Johnson
Rossano Brazzi ... Signor Naccarelli
Yvette Mimieux ... Clara Johnson
George Hamilton ... Fabrizio Naccarelli
Isabel Dean ... Miss Hawtree
Moultrie Kelsall ... The Minister
Nancy Nevinson ... Signora Naccarelli
Barry Sullivan ... Noel Johnson
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Upper class Americans Noel and Meg Johnson have a twenty-six year old daughter named Clara Johnson. Clara suffered a head injury as a child which resulted in her being mentally disabled. Clara's mental capacity is equivalent to that of a ten year old. In many social situations, Clara's disability can be passed off as a simple joy of life. The issue of Clara's care has placed a strain between Noel and Meg, the latter who clings to the hope that one day Clara can lead a "normal" life. While on an extended vacation through Italy, Meg and Clara meet a twenty-three year old Italian named Fabrizio Naccarelli in Florence. Fabrizio is instantly smitten with Clara, who returns the affection. Always protecting Clara, Meg initially resists Fabrizio's constant measures to insinuate himself into their lives. But as Meg learns more about Fabrizio and meets his family, Meg begins to believe a marriage between Fabrizio and Clara is Clara's chance for that normal life, all the while not telling the ... Written by Huggo

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Were they too late for the things their hearts demanded? See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ena fos sto skotadi See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Budget:

$553,280 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film supposedly lost $472,000. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, Signor Naccarelli comes to Mrs. Johnson's hotel and suggests that they walk along the river together to talk. At the beginning of their outdoor walk the sky is light and it is clearly daytime, but within the space of a few minutes, the background sky is suddenly quite dark and it appears to be evening. See more »

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Meg Johnson: Nobody with a dream should come to Italy. No matter how dead and buried you think it is, in Italy, it will rise and walk again.
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Young Love In Florence
27 August 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As she got older Olivia DeHavilland picked and chose her roles a lot more carefully. An absence of three years such as the one she had before accepting Light In The Piazza was not unusual for her. I think it was in part a reaction to her days at Warner Brothers where she was put into a whole lot films she didn't like.

At the time she made Light In The Piazza Olivia was living in France with her then husband Pierre Galante and raising their children. So a location shoot in Rome and Florence was no big move. Rome saw its share of films extolling the beauties of the Eternal City. But in this one the Renaissance beauty of Florence got its share of cinema immortality. The color cinematography of Light In The Piazza was its greatest asset.

Olivia is on a mother/daughter holiday in Florence with Yvette Mimieux who when she was 10 was kicked in the head by a horse and has stayed at that age emotionally. But her physical development wasn't arrested any and she gets the attention of young Florentine George Hamilton. There's a whole lot of concern from both families because Hamilton is the same way.

In addition to her daughter's romance, Olivia gets courted by Rossano Brazzi who is Hamilton's father. Some of the plot of A Summer Place is borrowed here as we glimpse into their married lives, Brazzi with the eternally crying Nancy Nevinson and DeHavilland with stuffed shirt Barry Sullivan who wants to institutionalize Mimieux because she's becoming an inconvenience.

Light In The Piazza got an Oscar nomination for Best Sound. It was produced at MGM by Arthur Freed who was now out of the musicals business. Still this film has some of the decorative gloss that an MGM Freed musical you would expect to have. Yvette Mimieux may have given her best screen performance here. I think you'll agree.


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