Light in the Piazza (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

Light in the Piazza (1962)





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Olivia de Havilland offers an exceptional performance in this well-wrought romantic drama. She portrays Margaret Johnson, a devoted mother who overcomes all odds to provide her brain-damaged daughter, Clara (Yvette Mimieux), with a decent, stimulating life (though Clara is 26, she has the intelligence of a ten-year-old). Chief among Margaret's obstacles is her own husband, who constantly lobbies to have their daughter institutionalized. Margaret will have none of it and takes Clara on a European tour instead. While visiting Florence, the beautiful Clara meets the wealthy, handsome, but none too bright Fabrizio Naccarelli (George Hamilton), who falls in love with the sweet-natured girl and proposes to her. This puts Margaret into a great quandary. Will her daughter be able to handle the demands of marriage? What about children, will they be impaired too? Fortunately, both families are wealthy, so money is no object. Still, while Margaret favors the union, her husband strongly objects, and wanting some time alone with his wife, continues to push toward placing Clara in a home. Matters become more complex when Fabrizio's father (who is married) becomes attracted to Margaret. The plot is based on a novel by Elizabeth Spencer.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Julius J. Epstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 2011
Warner Home Video


Yvette Mimieux
as Clara Johnson Naccar...
George Hamilton
as Fabrizio Naccarelli
Rossano Brazzi
as Signor Naccarelli
Barry Sullivan
as Noel Johnson
Isabel Dean
as Miss Hawtree
Moultrie Kelsall
as The Minister
Nancy Nevinson
as Signora Naccarelli
Rosella Spinelli
as Guiseppi Naccarelli
William E. Greene
as The Consular Agent
Robert Rietty
as The Priest
Steve Plytas
as Concierge
Bonas Eugevio
as Policeman
Peppino Demartino
as Train Conductor
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Critic Reviews for Light in the Piazza

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Light in the Piazza


Nice drama in a beautiful setting. Except for the ludicrous casting of George Hamilton as an Italian the film benefits from an excellent cast. Olivia is strong as the worried mother, Rossano dashing and Yvette breathtakingly beautiful like a china doll come to life.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Clara(Yvette Mimieux) is mildly Mentally Challenged, exceptionally Beautiful,& becoming Highly Sexually Aware as she becomes a handful on a European Vacay with her Wealthy Mother(Olivia de Havilland).Clara is extremely popular with the European Men, & she finds the attention New & Exciting, but ohhhhh, what a challenge that turns out to be for her Prissy Momma.A Very Stunning Film

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