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The novella was adapted into a non-musical 1962 feature film, ''Light in the Piazza'', starring Creator/OliviaDeHavilland as Meg, Yvette Mimieux as Clara, and Creator/GeorgeHamilton as Fabrizio.

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The novella was adapted into a non-musical 1962 feature film, ''Light in the Piazza'', ''Film/LightInThePiazza'', starring Creator/OliviaDeHavilland as Meg, Yvette Mimieux as Clara, and Creator/GeorgeHamilton as Fabrizio.


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* ItsAllMyFault: It's revealed that Margaret blames herself for [[spoiler: Clara's brain injury. For one thing, she and her husband rented the pony for her tenth birthday party; then, when Clara and her friends were playing with the pony, Margaret took her eyes off of her for a moment to answer the phone...and that's when the pony kicked Clara in the head.]]



* MyGreatestFailure: For Margaret, it's [[spoiler: turning to answer the phone while Clara and her friends were playing with the Shetland pony that they rented for a birthday party; the pony kicked Clara in the head and caused permanent brain damage. "I thought if I had a child, I would take such care of her..."]]



* OlderThanSheLooks: [[spoiler: Clara]]

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* OlderThanSheLooks: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with [[spoiler: Clara]]Clara--she's 26 years old and looks it, but acts like a much younger woman or even a teenager at times. It turns out that the injury she received as a child led her to become emotionally and mentally handicapped--her brain develops far more slowly than her body.]]



* SlapSlapKiss: Franca and Giuseppe
* SlowMotionFall: Not seen, but described by Margaret while talking about [[spoiler: Clara's accident with the pony as a child]]
* StepfordSmiler: Franca, in The Joy You Feel. Also, Margaret is this in some productions, depending on how they play her relationship with her husband (in case [[spoiler: Clara's brain damage]] didn't meet the criteria already).

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* SlapSlapKiss: Franca and Giuseppe
Giuseppe.
* SlowMotionFall: Not seen, but described by Margaret while talking about [[spoiler: Clara's accident with the pony as a child]]
child.]]
* StepfordSmiler: Franca, in The "The Joy You Feel. Feel." Also, Margaret is this in some productions, depending on how they play her relationship with her husband (in case [[spoiler: Clara's brain damage]] didn't meet the criteria already).


[[caption-width-right:203: The MeetCute]]''The Light in the Piazza'' is a musical based on a 1960 novella by Elizabeth Spencer, with a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. It ran on Broadway from 2005-2006 and was nominated for 11 Tony awards, winning 6 of them, including Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Shortly before closing, it was filmed as part of PBS' ''Live from the Lincoln Center'' series.

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[[caption-width-right:203: The MeetCute]]''The Light in the Piazza'' is a musical based on a 1960 novella by Elizabeth Spencer, with a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. It ran on Broadway from 2005-2006 and was nominated for 11 Tony awards, Awards, winning 6 six of them, including Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Shortly before closing, it was filmed as part of PBS' Creator/{{PBS}}' ''Live from the Lincoln Center'' series.



The novel was adapted into a non-musical 1962 feature film, ''Light in the Piazza'', starring Creator/OliviaDeHavilland as Meg.

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The novel novella was adapted into a non-musical 1962 feature film, ''Light in the Piazza'', starring Creator/OliviaDeHavilland as Meg.Meg, Yvette Mimieux as Clara, and Creator/GeorgeHamilton as Fabrizio.



* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Based on a 1960 Novella by Elizabeth Spencer of the same name.

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* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Based on a 1960 Novella novella of the same name by Elizabeth Spencer of the same name.Spencer.


* {{Bowdlerise}}: In many productions, Frabrizio and Clara don't have sex.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Signora Naccarelli, in the Act II opener "Aiutami"

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: In many productions, Frabrizio Fabrizio and Clara don't have sex.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Signora Naccarelli, in the Act II opener "Aiutami""Aiutami":



* DarkReprise: "The Beauty is", first sung by Clara and reprised by Margaret.

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* DarkReprise: "The Beauty is", Is", first sung by Clara and reprised by Margaret.


* MeaningfulEcho: First Fabrizio calls Clara 'la luce nella piazza' ([[TitleDrop the light in the piazza]]), later Clara calls Fabrizio 'the light in the piazza' and finally, Margaret calls Clara 'the light in the piazza' just before [[spoiler: Clara and Fabrizio are married]]

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* MeaningfulEcho: First Fabrizio calls Clara 'la luce nella piazza' ([[TitleDrop the light in the piazza]]), later Clara calls Fabrizio 'the light in the piazza' and finally, Margaret calls Clara 'the light in the piazza' just before [[spoiler: Clara and Fabrizio are married]]married]].



* StepfordSmiler: Franca, in The Joy You Feel. Also, Margaret is this in some productions, depending on how they play her relationship with her husband (in case [[spoiler: Clara's brain damage]] didn't meet the criteria already.

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* StepfordSmiler: Franca, in The Joy You Feel. Also, Margaret is this in some productions, depending on how they play her relationship with her husband (in case [[spoiler: Clara's brain damage]] didn't meet the criteria already.already).

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The novel was adapted into a non-musical 1962 feature film, ''Light in the Piazza'', starring Creator/OliviaDeHavilland as Meg.


* StepfordSmiler: Franca, in The Joy You Feel.

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* StepfordSmiler: Franca, in The Joy You Feel. Also, Margaret is this in some productions, depending on how they play her relationship with her husband (in case [[spoiler: Clara's brain damage]] didn't meet the criteria already.

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* OhCrap: in a rare funny moment, Margaret has this reaction to Signor Naccarelli insisting Clara convert to Catholicism before she marries Fabrizio.


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* StepfordSmiler: Franca, in The Joy You Feel.


* HeyItsThatGuy: [[Series/{{Glee}} Will Schuester]] is a lovesick Italian?
** [[Film/ThePrincessBride Prince Humperdink]] is his father?


* HeyItsThatGuy: [[{{Glee}} Will Schuester]] is a lovesick Italian?

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* HeyItsThatGuy: [[{{Glee}} [[Series/{{Glee}} Will Schuester]] is a lovesick Italian?


* BilingualBonus / WorldOfPun: Any of the Italian scenes to Italian speakers, since none of them are translated (save for one scene). They tend to feature a lot of {{pun}}s and snarking duels.

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* BilingualBonus / WorldOfPun: BilingualBonus: Any of the Italian scenes to Italian speakers, since none of them are translated (save for one scene). They tend to feature a lot of {{pun}}s and snarking duels.


* StalkingIsLove: Fabrizio follows Clara to her hotel room after she loses her way through the city's streets at night. CoitusEnsues.

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* [[spoiler: ChildhoodBrainDamage: Clara]]


* BilingualBonus: Any of the Italian scenes to Italian speakers, since none of them are translated (save for one scene). They tend to feature a lot of {{pun}}s and snarking duels.

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* BilingualBonus: BilingualBonus / WorldOfPun: Any of the Italian scenes to Italian speakers, since none of them are translated (save for one scene). They tend to feature a lot of {{pun}}s and snarking duels.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: Clara: "[[spoiler: I think if I had a child, I would take such care of her/then I wouldn't feel like one]]"

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Clara: "[[spoiler: I "I think if I had a child, I would take such care of her/then her/[[spoiler:then I wouldn't feel like one]]"



* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime

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* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTimeParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime: Cue intermission.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: All the Italian characters speak and sing in Italian unless they are communicating with an English character. No help is provided to the audience during these scenes (aside from a brief [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall breaker]]) and, for those who don't speak Italian, the meaning of the scene must be guessed at through context, body language and what words can be picked out.
** One production even applied this to the opening announcement, having it all be in Italian but only translating the words "cellphones", "flash photography", and "emergency exits" into English.



* TranslationConvention: Completely averted, all the Italian characters speak and sing in Italian unless they are communicating with an English character. No help is provided to the audience during these scenes (aside from a brief [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall breaker]]) and, for those who don't speak Italian, the meaning of the scene must be guessed at through context, body language and what words can be picked out.
** One production even applied this to the opening announcement, having it all be in Italian but only translating the words "cellphones", "flash photography", and "emergency exits" into English.

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