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Cuore (original title)
una mini serie in sei puntate tratta dall'omonimo libro di Edmondo De Amicis.




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Series cast summary:
Johnny Dorelli ...  Maestro Perboni 6 episodes, 1984
Giuliana de Sio Giuliana de Sio ...  Maestrina Penna Rossa 6 episodes, 1984
Bernard Blier ...  Ing. Bottini 6 episodes, 1984
Laurent Malet ...  Enrico Bottini 6 episodes, 1984
Andréa Ferréol 6 episodes, 1984
Ugo Pagliai ...  Maestro di ginnastica 6 episodes, 1984
Federico Belisario Federico Belisario ...  Coretti 6 episodes, 1984
Carlo Calenda Carlo Calenda ...  Enrico 6 episodes, 1984
Maurizio Coletta Maurizio Coletta ...  Garrone 6 episodes, 1984
Gianluca Galle Gianluca Galle ...  Franti 6 episodes, 1984
Margo Marrone Margo Marrone ...  Precossi 6 episodes, 1984
Ivan Sebastiani Ivan Sebastiani ...  De Rossi 6 episodes, 1984
Elio Sonnino Elio Sonnino ...  Crossi 6 episodes, 1984
Harry Tagliavini Harry Tagliavini ...  Muratorino 6 episodes, 1984
Emiliano Vinciarelli Emiliano Vinciarelli ...  Stardi 6 episodes, 1984
Eduardo De Filippo ...  Vecchio Maestro Vincenzo Crosetti 6 episodes, 1984
Attilio Dottesio 6 episodes, 1984
Vera Furlan Vera Furlan 6 episodes, 1984
Daniele Giarratana Daniele Giarratana 6 episodes, 1984
Paolo Merosi Paolo Merosi ...  Eroe di guerra 6 episodes, 1984
Carla Monti Carla Monti 6 episodes, 1984
Antonio Orlando Antonio Orlando 6 episodes, 1984
Ciro Orlando Ciro Orlando ...  Il bidello 6 episodes, 1984
Paolo Paoloni ...  Il direttore 6 episodes, 1984
Tino Petilli Tino Petilli 6 episodes, 1984
Victor Poletti Victor Poletti ...  Il padre di Rabucco 6 episodes, 1984
Maria Piera Regoli Maria Piera Regoli 6 episodes, 1984
Renato Scarpa 6 episodes, 1984
Emiliano Iagher Emiliano Iagher ...  Student 3 episodes, 1984


A whole year of school in the life of Henri ,a young boy from the Italian bourgeoisie .He meets his new schoolteacher,Mister Perboni,a very devoted man, children from working classes such as Garonne ,a boy with a heart of gold, De Rossi ,the top of the class,Franti,the young rebel - But will the moral they are taught be still so noble when they become soldiers in WW1? Written by dbdumonteil

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brings out the inner child from within us all.
19 October 2003 | by joeagnesSee all my reviews

I believe that it may have been either in 1989 or 1990 during my stay in Italy, when I first saw this television mini series. I guess that it is an interpretation of Edmondo De Amicis' late 19th century immortal classic novel 'Cuore' (translated as 'Heart' from the Italian noun). As I am aware, the novel is also part of the Italian junior school language and literature learning program, and I have heard nothing but praise from all those that have read this novel. Therefore, I cannot really comment about the comparisons of how the novel ties with the mini series, but if the novel is as good as the mini series, then from what I have seen, it would class as a masterpiece.. I have never found an English translation of this novel, but nevertheless, the mini series is a superlative display of traditional values and morals which would be the dream of any parent having young children at school.

I was moved by the ethos that this mini series portrays, as it is centered around the memoirs of some soldiers at war, who reminisce on their memorable primary school days of when they were boys. These flashbacks make up the majority of this mini series. The morals in this mini series are exceptional and also shows how much has changed in the primary school system in the last hundred years. The school teacher Perboni plays the part of an ideal Victorian school teacher with excellent paternal instincts, having a genuine interest in all his pupils as if they were his own children.. Although all the young boys have their own unique and interactive character, two that stood out in my mind were Garrone (the gentle giant, being the tallest and stockiest of the pupils) and Franti (the rebellious little brat, but a good child at heart).

The scenes are focused on the normal interactions in a classroom of pupils from all different walks of life. Muratorino (Brickie) is nicknamed after his father who is a bricklayer by trade. In one episode, the school master practices his social morals well, when he is asked about an inkwell that was carved with a nail by a pupil's father who was serving time in jail while his son was a pupil at that school. At the end of the day, Perboni gathers his pupils together for the viewing of a silent movie that is meant to be educational and entertaining while displaying traditional values.. The pupils are then touched by the theme of the movie and relate it to what they have learnt during their school day, with the exception of Franti who ridicules all his class mates with a grin while they are in tears from emotion. In a later episode, another silent movie is shown to the pupils and this movie ends with a scene where a young boy loses his leg after having saved an army of soldiers from being gunned by the enemy. All the pupils are touched and again reduced to tears while we again expect to see Franti grin, BUT, surprise surprise, he is also moved to tears.

Although a school environment full of compassionate and understanding seems far fetched, the plot and theme can be appreciated in a realistic sense, as not all children were fortunate enough to have had the experience of a school environment at the end of the Victorian era. Hence, even at an early age, children would have felt privileged, therefore taking school much more seriously than they would have many decades later, simply to avoid the poverty of their forefathers. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants to reminisce on their earliest childhood and it always brings out the inner child from within us all.

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4 October 1984 (Italy) See more »

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