Light in the Piazza (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

Light in the Piazza (1962)





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In this melodrama, a wealthy family is divided as to how to care for their daughter. Having suffered an injury as a child, the beautiful young woman has the mentality of a ten year old. While her father wants to institutionalize Clara, her mother encourages her to follow her heart.
Drama , Romance
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Warner Home Video

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Olivia de Havilland
as Meg Johnson
Yvette Mimieux
as Clara Johnson Naccarelli
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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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
jay nixon

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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

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

An absorbing drama about a mother played by a very regal Olivia de Havilland, who has taken her gorgeous but mentally disabled daughter Clara, played by a stunning and delightfully charming Yvette Mimieux to Italy to escape her daughters ripening adult needs. In Florence they meet Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome young man (George Hamilton - who is a stunner too), and a romance develops between the two young people. Rossano Brazzi shows up as the charming and romantic Signor Naccarelli, Fabrizio's father who helps nudge Mrs. Johnson towards acceptance of the budding romance. Is Clara capable of an adult relationship? Can Mrs. Johnson relinquish control? Will love conquer all? Felt fresh despite it's age and the massive shift in sexual morality and the treatment of the disabled since the early 60's when this was made.

Curtis Jensen
Curtis Jensen

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