Cinema: What Should Mother Do?

Light in the Piazza (M-G-M), developed from a popular novella by Elizabeth Spencer, is an intelligent and charming "woman's picture" that tells the story of a rich American couple (Olivia de Havilland and Barry Sullivan) with an emotionally harrowing problem: they have a mentally defective daughter (Yvette Mimieux). Kicked by a pony in childhood, the girl has the mind of a ten-year-old girl in the body of a startlingly beautiful young woman. In fact, the girl's sensuous attractions are so spectacular that most young men thoughtlessly fail to notice her mental limitations.


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