Light in the Piazza

Light in the Piazza

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Light in the Piazza

A mother who wants only the best for her challenged daughter faces a number of new and unexpected dilemmas in this romantic drama. Margaret Johnson (Olivia de Havilland) is a wealthy woman taking a tour of Europe with her 26-year-old daughter Clara (Yvette Mimieux). Clara is blonde, beautiful, and charming, but beneath the surface lurks a serious problem -- as a result of a head injury she suffered as a child, Clara is mildly retarded and has the mental capacity of a ten-year-old. While Margaret's husband Noel (Barry Sullivan) has long contended that Clara should be institutionalized, Margaret refuses to hear of it, and she sees to it that her daughter lives as normal a life as possible. While in Italy, Margaret and Clara meet a handsome young man named Fabrizio Naccarelli (George Hamilton), the son of a prosperous local, Signor Naccarelli (Rossano Brazzi). Fabrizio is immediately smitten with Clara, and she seems equally fond of him; since Frabrizio has a spotty command of English and isn't especially perceptive to begin with, he doesn't notice anything unusual about her. Before long, Fabrizio asks Margaret for Clara's hand in marriage; while this would be a big step toward the "normal" life that Margaret has long dreamed of for her daughter, she's not sure if Clara is capable of handling the responsibilities of marriage and parenthood, and she is equally uncertain if she should reveal the nature of Clara's condition to the Naccarellis, even though she knows that it would be terribly unfair for Fabrizio to marry Clara without knowing the truth. Light in the Piazza was beautifully shot on location in Italy by award-winning cinematographer Otto Heller.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2011
UPC: 0883316381830
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 23,458

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Olivia de Havilland Margaret Johnson
Rossano Brazzi Signor Naccarelli
Yvette Mimieux Clara Johnson
George Hamilton Fabrizio Naccarelli
Barry Sullivan Noel Johnson
Isabel Dean Miss Hawtree
Moultrie Kelsall The Minister
Nancy Nevinson Signora Naccarelli
Luciano Barontino Marchese
Peppino Demartino Train Conductor
Bonas Eugevio Policeman
William E. Greene The Consular Agent
Steve Plytas Concierge
Robert Rietty The Priest
Rosella Spinelli Guiseppi Naccarelli

Technical Credits
Guy Green Director
Frank Clarke Editor
Christian Dior Costumes/Costume Designer
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Arthur Freed Producer
Otto Heller Cinematographer
Tom Howard Special Effects
Dock Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
Tom Smith Makeup
Frank White Art Director

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