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Once upon a time in post-war Rome: 13-year old Aurora, a gifted pianist, is the daughter of Valerio, a brilliant conductor. After Aurora's mother died, Valerio hired Irene, a single mother ... See full summary »








Series cast summary:
Frank Crudele Frank Crudele ...  Romolo 2 episodes, 2011
Ilaria Spada ...  Tina Martone 2 episodes, 2011
Mariella Valentini Mariella Valentini ...  Claudia Ausperg 2 episodes, 2011
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers ...  Aurora 13 Years Old 2 episodes, 2011
Mary Sellers ...  Giulianna 2 episodes, 2011
Hary Prinz ...  Martone 2 episodes, 2011
David Brandon ...  Jack 2 episodes, 2011
Elisa Di Eusanio Elisa Di Eusanio ...  Lucia 2 episodes, 2011
Giulia Andò ...  Teresina 2 episodes, 2011
Giuseppe Sanfelice Giuseppe Sanfelice ...  Henry 2 episodes, 2011
Niccolò Senni ...  Bruno Slick Guy 2 episodes, 2011
Daniele La Leggia Daniele La Leggia ...  Sebastian 15 Years Old 2 episodes, 2011
Filippo Scarafia Filippo Scarafia ...  Freddie 17 Years Old 2 episodes, 2011
Renato Cortesi Renato Cortesi 2 episodes, 2011
Andrea Atzei Andrea Atzei ...  Gino 2 episodes, 2011
Oliviero Calderoni Oliviero Calderoni ...  Cosmo 2 episodes, 2011
Urbano Barberini ...  Edwin Ausperg 2 episodes, 2011
Massimo Poggio ...  Valerio 2 episodes, 2011
Carlotta Natoli ...  Veronica 2 episodes, 2011
Laurence Belgrave Laurence Belgrave ...  Tax Inspector 2 episodes, 2011
Giada Benedetti Giada Benedetti ...  Estetista 2 episodes, 2011
Vanessa Hessler ...  Aurora de Luca 2 episodes, 2011
Ruth-Maria Kubitschek ...  Mrs. Cooper 2 episodes, 2011
Michele Maccagno ...  Ernest 2 episodes, 2011
Roberto Marcucci Roberto Marcucci ...  Music Store Owner 2 episodes, 2011
Adrian McCourt ...  Violinist 2 episodes, 2011
Flavio Parenti ...  Sebastian Ausperg 2 episodes, 2011
Francesca Romana Ripani Francesca Romana Ripani ...  Aurora's Mother 2 episodes, 2011
Giuliano Rush Carmignani Giuliano Rush Carmignani ...  Paparazzo #2 2 episodes, 2011
Sara Santostasi ...  Lucia 13 Years Old 2 episodes, 2011
Marco Sincini Marco Sincini ...  Paparazzo #1 2 episodes, 2011
Giacomo Valdameri ...  Doctor from Siena 2 episodes, 2011
Maddalena Vallecchi Williams ...  Teresina 15 Years Old 2 episodes, 2011
Natalia Wörner ...  Irene de Luca 2 episodes, 2011
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Once upon a time in post-war Rome: 13-year old Aurora, a gifted pianist, is the daughter of Valerio, a brilliant conductor. After Aurora's mother died, Valerio hired Irene, a single mother of two girls, to run the household. To Aurora's regret he decides to marry Irene. One day, Aurora happens to meet the boys next door, Freddy and Sebastian, the sons of a wealthy Italo-Austrian family. Freddy is an easy-going chap, though sometimes a little bit arrogant. His brother Sebastian is kind and shy, with a great ability to listen to and understand people, which makes him win Aurora's heart. However, Aurora's life is shattered when her father suddenly dies. Irene, the unloved stepmother, lays hands on the family's assets and turns her late husband's villa into a hotel. Aurora is unable to claim her right to inheritance until her 21st birthday. Irene makes her give up schooling and piano playing. Instead, she has to work as a maid in the hotel. Irene's own daughters, Lucia and Teresina, never... Written by Anonymous

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Shown on True Entertainment TV in the UK as Cinderella in a two-part mini series. See more »


In Episode 2: Sebastian has a cigarette in his mouth as he studies the shoe. In the next shot, the cigarette has vanished entirely, and then returns within the next shot as Sebastian removes the cigarette from his mouth to reply to his mother. See more »


[first lines]
Valerio: Thanks everybody, see you tomorrow at the same time. Thanks.
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Could Have and Might Be An Eight Star Movie
25 January 2020 | by tabunoSee all my reviews

This Italian two-part television series inspired by the Cinderella story raised a fascinating issue of assessing dubbed, English-speaking foreign language films. In watching and listening to the apparently English dialogue from a definitely Italian characters and setting made for a difficult, prejudicial experience. At times, the stunted English dialogue made the viewing experience associated with the cheap old fashioned poorly and cheaply made Chinese martial art films of the 1960s. Overlooking such difficulties, the script and storyline of this Cinderella story was also fascinating in its complexity and depth with three storylines occurring within this movie. There was the traditional Cinderella story that evolved in different ways to involve a ball, a carriage, and Midnight deadline, and even a slipper. There was the piano conservatory theme. There was also a love story relationship among the staff. The photography and cinematography at times were also compelling with some powerful closeups. The European ambiance radiated as sense of romantic fantasy. The director's oversight teetered between stock old American parody and a refreshing avoidance of the typical stereotypical brashness of American simplicity in goodness and badness. This extended Cinderella film offered the audience a greater fullness of plot building on the Cinderella story but at the same time retaining some rough patches, especially towards the end of the film. This mixed bag of scenes and performances would have likely been better served with Italian dialogue with subtitles and a bit more careful, patient direction and script-revision. Instead of a "seven," this film could have been an "eight."

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2011 (USA) See more »

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Cenerentola See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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1.78 : 1
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