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The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1965)

An English mother leaves husband and two children to follow her Italian lover to a lakeside villa. Her children follow her, intent in breaking up her affair.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Delmer Daves (written for the screen by), Rumer Godden (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maureen O'Hara ... Moira
Rossano Brazzi ... Lorenzo
Richard Todd ... Darrell
Phyllis Calvert ... Margot
Martin Stephens ... Michael
Elizabeth Dear ... Debby
Olivia Hussey ... Donna
Maxine Audley ... Charmian
Ursula Jeans ... Lady Anthea
Ettore Manni ... Father Rossi
Richard Wattis ... Travel Agent
Finlay Currie ... Emcee
Clelia Matania ... Celestina
Rosi Di Pietro Rosi Di Pietro ... Giuletta
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Storyline

Based on a novel of the same name by Rumer Godden, this story centers around a British woman, Moira Clavering, who falls in love with a visiting Italian pianist, Lorenzo Tasara. Moira leaves her neglectful husband and two children and moves to Italy to start a life with Lorenzo. Her two children journey to their mother's new home, the Villa Fiorita, where they team up with Lorenzo's daughter to try to break up the couple. Written by Edward Schiller <eschiller@ixc-comm.com>

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The battle of the children to rescue their mother from her Italian love affair.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1965 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Affair at the Villa Fiorita See more »

Filming Locations:

Lago di Garda, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Her role as Donna was the first theatrical feature film role for Olivia Hussey. See more »

Goofs

When Lorenzo goes to report the disappearance of the children to the police, the road along the waterfront that he drives on is wet, but the roads in the background are dry. See more »

Quotes

Debby: She's wearing a bra!
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Views of the villa and surrounding area.
23 October 2003 | by FushniqueSee all my reviews

I liked the movie mainly for the picturesque views of the lake,( Lake Como?) the surrounding area, and scenes of the villa itself. So much of the architectural style is remincient of the paintings done by Maxfield Parrish in the early part of the 20th century. You sort of have to look around the actors in the various scenes to get glimpses of ornate retaining walls, stairs and elaborate ballusters around and into the lake. There is an elegance about marble (or granite, or just old concrete?) stairs going down into the water. And old world gardens full of flowers. Itn reminds me of the book "Italian Villas and their Gardens" by Edith Wharton, 1907, Which was illustrated by Parrish. And yes, the children in the movie steal the show; All three have a much stronger determination to achieve their goals than do any of the adults. It's a good story line , dated for the sixties. And is'nt this Olivia Hussey's first feature film?


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