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Misunderstood (1966)

Incompreso (Vita col figlio) (original title)
Andrew's brave front convinces his father that he is unaffected by his mother's death. Playmate and protector of his little brother Miles, he is often blamed when mischief goes wrong. Only ... See full summary »

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Luigi Comencini

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Florence Montgomery (novel), Leonardo Benvenuti (screenplay) (as Leo Benvenuti) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quayle ... Sir John Edward Duncombe
Stefano Colagrande Stefano Colagrande ... Andrew Duncombe
Simone Giannozzi Simone Giannozzi ... Miles Duncombe
John Sharp ... Uncle William 'Will'
Adriana Facchetti Adriana Facchetti ... Luisa
Anna Maria Nardini Anna Maria Nardini ... Little girl in movie theater
Silla Bettini Silla Bettini ... Judo teacher
Rino Benini Rino Benini ... Casimirio
Giorgia Moll ... Miss Judy (as Georgia Moll)
Graziella Granata Graziella Granata ... Dora
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Andrew's brave front convinces his father that he is unaffected by his mother's death. Playmate and protector of his little brother Miles, he is often blamed when mischief goes wrong. Only when tragedy strikes does his father recognize Andrew's true qualities. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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The needs of a child are often misunderstood.

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Italian censorship visa # 48513 delivered on 19 January 1967. (New Edition) See more »

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Version of L'incompris (1997) See more »

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Rigoletto
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
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It means being human..
26 February 2010 | by mdefrancSee all my reviews

Duncombe, cold and distant father, besides UK Consul General in Florence, carelessly applies his stark communicative methods with his first son Andrew after his wife's death, which Andrew had sensed well before his father's disclosure of the sad news.

Duncombe's several duties, which constantly keep him away from the family, force Andrew to look after Miles, his little brother. Andrew valiantly carries on, humoring his spoiled sibling, putting on the apparent front of a strong man, getting himself into a lot of trouble due to Miles' continuous mischiefs.

Unbeknownst to his father, Andrew silently suffers his loss; blame is all Duncombe lays on young Andrew, probably due to his incapacity to deal with such pain himself.

It will be at the end, as often seen in life, that the diplomat will experience his second loss, probably the ultimate one, the one he negligently couldn't prevent. His coldness will eventually hit him during the last moments of Andrew's early, shattered adulthood.

Comencini gives this young man the power to annihilate the lavish and colorful home and surrounding environment, reminding us that once it's too late there's no return. There's perfect synchronicity between the colors/tones/score and the setting of the picture, a rather clear representation of life in Florence during the late 60's where roles, both social and professional were well defined.

Using a term I have commented with for a different movie, we are seeing a positive-negative image of Comencini's Pinocchio, where the father is constantly running after his son, both for loneliness and to keep him out of trouble. I think some of us will agree with the fact that Miles' role somewhat reminds us of the fictional character.

The comment's title has, for the record, its ambivalence.


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21 January 1967 (Italy) See more »

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Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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