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Light in the Piazza


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The Palazzo Vecchio. The Uffizi Gallery. Michelangelo's David. Meg Johnson is eager to discover the glories of Italy with her beautiful daughter Clara, who was mentally impaired in a childhood accident. But Clara discovers something more - love - with an ardent Italian who mistakes her limitations for charming naiveté. Clara is so happy and fulfilled. Should Margaret reveal her daughter's secret? Sensitive and elegantly romantic, Light in the Piazza is an A-list production with a fine cast headed by two-time Oscar(r) winner* Olivia de Havilland, a script by Casablanca's Julius J. Epstein, gowns by Christian Dior and color cinematography celebrating the magnificent art and architecture of Florence and Rome. Rossano Brazzi, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton and Barry Sullivan also star in this moving story that was also the basis for the award-winning 2005 Broadway musical.

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  • Actors: Olivia De Havilland, Rossano Brazzi, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton, Barry Sullivan
  • Directors: Guy Green
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SYZZ9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Light in the Piazza" on IMDb

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Doyle on January 7, 2012
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I have just seen the REMASTERED EDITION (from Warner Archives) of the recent DVD for LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA which came out a few months ago.

Olivia de Havilland is a worried mother travelling through scenic Italian locations with daughter Yvette Mimieux, who is mentally retarded. When a young Italian starts courting her daughter and showing up in the most unlikely places, de Havilland's predicament becomes apparent. Should she tell the truth or let her daughter marry the rather simple-minded Italian boy? It's a predicament that is nicely solved by the time we get to the fadeout with de Havilland declaring: "I did the right thing...I know I did."

Under Guy Green's direction, and photographed with gorgeous images of Italy's landmarks in Rome and Florence, the latest DVD transfer of "Light in the Piazza" is a sight to behold. And the intimate story of a mother's wish to find happiness for her daughter rather than giving in to the idea of shutting her away, is told with a good deal of humor and charm thanks to splendid performances from the stars and an intelligent script.

The Epstein brothers have given the screenplay some grace and humor--and de Havilland is superb as the doting mother. Rosanno Brazzi adds his brand of charm to the boy's father and there is a light touch of romance between him and de Havilland.

George Hamilton is surprisingly convincing and utterly charming as the smitten Italian youth, Yvette Mimieux shines as the girl and Barry Sullivan does what he can with the thankless role of her stubborn father who would rather see her placed in an institution. All of it is nicely photographed in Italian locales and in wide-screen Technicolor (see the letterbox version if you can).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tcasa on August 13, 2012
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This is one of my favorites. A mother visits Italy with her grown mentally challenged daughter. Due to a riding accicdent her daughter is a perpetual child in a woman's body. Enter a young Italian man who is captivated by the daughter's beauty and innocence. At first the mother discourages the romance, but she is conflicted. She has always hoped that her daughter will overcome her disability to live a full and "normal" life. Eventually, she gives in, but will she tell the Italian family why her daughter is so innocent and naive?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Wohl on April 2, 2013
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I remembered this movie from years ago but they never show it on TV. Light In The Piazza is a touching story of a mother concerned about her brain-injured daughter who travel to Italy on a holiday. Love blossoms between her daughter and a kind young Italian man. While the mother has some reservations she begins to realize that her daughter has a chance for a normal life if she marries this man. With a wonderful cast and beautiful scenes in Italy, I highly reccommend this movie to those who enjoy a sweet love story without violence or bad language.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hermit the frog on April 15, 2012
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Amazon is the only site I've found that bothers to mention that the DVD is made on-demand as a DVD-R. Other sites don't even mention this. But the copy I have is NOT from a remaster (as the cover claims), if one ever even existed. You can see right away, in the studio logo and opening credits -- faded video full of scratches, and dull audio.

I'm glad to have a copy of the movie, but you should think carefully before buying if quality is an issue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By msmartha on September 1, 2013
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So glad to have a copy. Rossano Brazzi is one of my favorite actors, and that makes this even more desirable
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nandini Ratnam on March 27, 2013
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I had heard a lot about this movie from my friend and could not get one until recently. It lived upto to all my expectations and I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Williams on March 28, 2013
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I think this movie was outstanding and more than met my expectations! This movie is a great romance story of two kids who fall in love. .. hope and encourage ment to keep believing that the best will happen if you believe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Chase on March 20, 2013
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This is an excellent movie. It was filmed in Florence Italy and the scenery is beautiful. Also the storyline is very good and the acting is outstanding.
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