Misunderstood

Edition no. 51

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Directed by: Luigi Comencini

John Duncombe, the British consul in Florence, returns home from his wife’s funeral to his two children, who are unaware of their mother’s passing. He makes the decision to tell his eldest son, Andrea, but hides the truth from his sickly younger son, Milo. Director Luigi Comenicini (The Sunday Woman) captures the innocence and carefree moments of youth alongside the agonising feelings of grief, creating one of the finest films about childhood, one which can stand alongside The 400 BlowsThe Spirit of the Beehive and L'enfance nue. A Palme d’Or nominee at the Cannes Film Festival and recipient of multiple awards from Italian institutions, Misunderstood features remarkable performances from the children and from Anthony Quayle (Lawrence of Arabia) as Duncombe.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Italian 2.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A/B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Interview with co-screenwriter Piero De Bernardi and Cristina Comenicini, the director’s daughter and herself a noted filmmaker (2008, 36 mins)
  • Interview with legendary critic Michel Ciment (2021, 24 mins)
  • A Child’s Heart - a visual essay by David Cairns on Comencini and the filmmaker’s affinity for childhood stories (2023, 25 mins)
  • Trailer
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing by critic Manuela Lazic and a newly translated archival interview with Luigi Comencini

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