Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Heart and Soul is actually an Italian variation on Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Vittorio de Sica plays a provincial schoolmaster, much beloved by his past and present students. We follow De Sica as he stands steadfastly at his post throughout the years, during which time he is aided and abetted by his adoring assistant teacher Maria Mercader. Emphasis is given to the war years, when De Sica is suspended for his political beliefs. Though Vittorio de Sica is frequently credited as the director of Heart and Soul, that responsibility was in the hands of Duilio Coletti.
teacher, ideals, schoolmaster, ethics, friendship, faith, against-the-system, education, suspension [punishment], Italy