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The Children Are Watching Us (The Criterion Collection)
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In combining empathy for his characters with the graceful sentimentality that would be refined in his later classics, De Sica refrains from judging the weaknesses of Pricò's parents, both of whom love the boy equally but are ill-equipped to avoid the disintegration of the relationship. This places Pricò in the middle of a gut-wrenching dilemma, and the boy responds with understandable grief and confusion. In running away, he shifts the story toward a heartbreaking conclusion, lending substance to the film's alternate title (The Little Martyr) with a final image that's simply unforgettable. Criterion's exquisite DVD release presents this potent drama in a new, fully restored high-definition digital transfer, and includes illuminating video interviews with De Ambrosis (well into his sixties, with vivid memories of working with De Sica) and De Sica film scholar Callisto Cosulich. The 24-page booklet features mini-essays by film scholar Peter Brunette (writing about The Children Are Watching Us) and film critic Stuart Klawans on the unique collaboration of De Sica and Zavattini. Considering that The Children Are Watching Us was largely unavailable in any previous film or video format, Criterion's DVD release is cause for celebration. --Jeff Shannon
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer
- New video interviews with star Luciano de Ambrosis and De Sica scholar Callisto Cosulich
- New and improved subtitle translation
- A booklet featuring film scholar Robert Cardullo and Stuart Klawans on screenwriter Cesare Zavattini
Top Customer Reviews
The film is beautifully restored and while the extras aren't plentiful - recent interviews with child star Luciano De Ambrosis and critic Callisto Cosulich and a booklet - they make up for in it terms of quality.
The transfer is lovely and sharp, only briefly showing some scratches and wear during a few fades, and the video upscales nicely with my blu-ray player to my 1080p televison. I highly recommend this Criterion disc.
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Beautifully shot, acted, and directed - a De Sica masterpiece. The last scene is heart wrenching. It's amazing that it was shot during World War II.Published on September 8, 2013 by costumedes
The Children Are Watching is a grisly look at post-war Europe; done as only a European film-maker could do it. A family struggles to survive as the end of World War II. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by William C. Young III
Made in 1943, this film from the collaboration between director Vittorio de Sica, Italian actor movie star of the '30s and the screenwriter Cesare Zavattini, is undoubtedly the... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by D. André
... how this film could have been produced in Italy in 1942! There was a war going on, remember? Okay, so the war hadn't turned disastrous for Italy yet, But Mussolini was in... Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Gio
A touching story of eight year old boy witnessing parents' infidelity and struggle to keep a family together.
Brilliant performing of child actor itself must to see.
Remarkable, heartfelt and touching movie in which we can realize - through the eyes and feelings of an innocent child - how his affective is progressively crumbling when his... Read morePublished on July 20, 2009 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
I won't go into much detail.
It was shot very well. I loved the movie. It moved me and was a heartbreaking situation.
The end was simply stunning. Read more
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