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The Children Are Watching Us

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US, based on the novel PRICO by Cesare Giulio Viola, was De Sica's fifth film as a director, but the first worthy of worldwide and historical attention. This story of marital infidelity is witnessed from the perspective of Prico (Luciano De Ambrosis), the five year old son of parents whose marriage is crumbling. Prico is devoted to his mother (Isa Pola), but loses his innocence and sense of security when he discovers that she is having an affair. As his family life crumbles around him, Prico is sent off to a Jesuit Boarding School. At home, his mother's extra-marital affair leads to the suicide of Prico's father (Emilio Cigoli). Precocious Prico blames his mother for orphaning him, and rejects her when she comes to pick him up from the boarding school. The depth of Ambrosis's performance is startling as De Sica takes up a theme that carries through much of his serious work: that of the personal torments which resulted from the moral decay of Italy under the fascists.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CHI170

  • Credits
    Luciano De Ambrosis, Isa Pola, Emilio Cigoli, Adriano Rimoldi
  • Critic Reviews
    "...An important footnote to the DeSica career....A sincerely serious film..."
    New York Times

    "The film is an exercise in almost pure pathos, structured as a series of abandonments..."
    New York Times

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