The Children Are Watching Us

The Children Are Watching Us

Emilio Cigoli
Director: Vittorio De Sica Cast: Emilio Cigoli
Emilio Cigoli
, Isa Pola
Isa Pola
, Ernesto Calindri
Ernesto Calindri
Vittorio De Sica

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A very early Vittorio De Sica effort, The Children Are Watching Us was originally released in Italy as I Bambini Ci Guardano. Director De Sica collaborated with another neorealist pioneer, Cesare Zavattini, on the screenplay. The film, a real tearjerker, concerns a young mother (Isa Pola) who can't stand the pressures exerted on her by family responsibilities. She deserts her husband (Emilio Cigoli) and her brood, permanently ruining the life of her four-year-old son, Prico (Luciano de Ambrosis). Avoiding the rococo gestures and dramatic overstatement that might have attended this film had it been made in Hollywood, De Sica fashions a subtle tale about real people caught up in a real situation. De Sica's sensitivity toward the younger cast members of The Children Are Watching Us would manifest itself in many of his formative films, notably Sciuscià and The Bicycle Thief. Made in 1942, the film was not released in Italy until 1944.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
UPC: 0037429208021
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 38,573

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; New video interviews with star Luciano De Ambrosis and Vittorio De Sica scholar Callisto Cosulich; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: a 24-page booklet featuring film scholar Peter Brunette, and critic Stuart Klawans on screenwriter Cesare Zavattini

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emilio Cigoli Andrew, Prico's father
Isa Pola Nina, Prico's mother
Ernesto Calindri Claudio
Luciano de Ambrosis Prico
Dina Perbellini Zia Berelli
Adriano Rimoldi Roberto, Nina's lover
Tecla Scarano Signora Resta

Technical Credits
Vittorio De Sica Director,Screenwriter
Mario Bonotti Editor
Giuseppe Caracciolo Cinematographer
Adolfo Franci Screenwriter
Gherardo Gherhardt Screenwriter
Margherita Magilone Screenwriter
Renzo Rossellini Score Composer
Cesare Giulio Viola Screenwriter
Cesare Zavattini Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Children Are Watching Us
1. Opening Credits/Rendevous [7:08]
2. Mama Leaves Home [7:27]
3. What About Pricó? [6:43]
4. "I Want to Live In Peace" [5:27]
5. Together...Alone [4:06]
6. Bitter Homecoming [3:42]
7. A Lover Spurned [3:32]
8. Mama'a Birthday [1:46]
9. Confrontation [4:51]
10. On Holiday [2:50]
11. "An Important Message" [3:06]
12. Daddy Returns to Rome [8:02]
13. Reunited [2:54]
14. Pricò's Journey Home [6:37]
15. The Truth [9:06]
16. A New Family [2:58]
17. Broken Hearts [4:14]
18. Color Bars [:00]

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