Where Angels Fear to Tread

Synopsis: Around 1906, the widow Lilia Herriton meets a young man when she visits Italy and marries him. The man is only a dentist without a good name, and Lilia's relatives are clearly unhappy with her choice. Lilia dies while giving birth to a son, and two relatives travel to Italy to take care of of the baby, expecting no trouble from the father.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Charles Sturridge
Production: Simitar
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

Careful, mother.

Careful, if I may ask.

Just look at her.

Has she no sense of dignity?

She's going to miss the train,

that would be typical of Lilia.

The truth is she has no respect

for your brother's memory,

and no respect for us.

It was your idea of Italian

travel that saved us, Philip.

She agreed to going. That's to her credit.

She could be quite transfigured by it.

Nonsense, she could have gone anywhere.

But I had the greatest difficulty

dissuading her from the Riviera.

See the little towns: Gubbio, Pienza,

Cortona.. San Gimignano...

And Lilia, do not believe that Italy is...

...just the tourist sights

- such as art museums.

No, of course not. - Mr. King Croft,

could you get me some foot warmers?

- Its going to be freezing. Thank You.

Lilia, learn to understand

about the Italian people.

The people are more

wonderful than the land.

Oh. Philip I do wish you

were coming with us,.

Oh, Oh. What a whirl. Goodbye everyone.

Goodbye, darling. You be a good girl

and do what your Granny tells you.

Which Granny?

- Both of them.

Goodbye, mother.

Do not cry, it's only three months.

Caroline. Come now.

- Goodbye, father.

Come on, Caroline, or your

chaperone will go without you.

Foot warmers, I need... Oh my God.

Wave, Irma. Wave to your mother, Irma.

Sit forward in the St Gotthard tunnel,

you will see the most marvellous

Campanile on the right.

Look for Lake Maggiore on your left.


- Enjoy yourself, Lilia. God bless you.

She has been there a long

time, must be really keen.

The hotel's nice and confortable.

There it is, Irma. Monteriano.

There's no church there, I suppose.

Santa Deodata is one of the most

beautiful churches in Italy.

You know perfectly well

I mean an English church.

Irma, that is the postman.

Run along and see if there are any letters.

She promised me she would always

be in a large town on Sunday.

Really, it is something

that she is contented.

Although no one could live three

months with Caroline Abbott,

and not be the better for it.

Is that from mother?

No dear, its from your grandmother.

Give it to Aunt Harriet, she can read it to us.

- Yes, Ethel?

The cook's upset, she says she had not

broken the handle on purpose.

Thank you Ethel, you can take

Irma upstairs to wash her...

...hands. -Come on, Miss Irma.

I have glue all over my fingers.

I do not understand...

It doesn't make sense...

Her letters never do.

- Except, this is much thinner than usual.

Here, you read it. - Can't

make head or tail of it.

How intolerable this crested notepaper is -.

What is the difficulty?

What is it that puzzles you in this letter?

The meaning is quite clear.

Lilia is engaged to be married.

Don't cry dear, please.

Will you, I'm not crying.

Don't you talk at all.

It is more than I could bear.

She's going to marry someone

she has met in an hotel.

Come on. They should be here soon.

No, no. - Si, si Grazie.

Don't be nervous.

Philip loves Italy and Italians.

Let me look at you? -Good, very good.

Hello? Hello?

Oh, God.

Hello? Excuse me.


- Si, Monteriano.

I'm going into the city,

Stella d'Italia.

Where's the cab?

- All has gone.

Scusa. Excuse me.

Here comes the cab. Have a good trip.

Thank you.

Sorry I'm late, Mr. Herriton. We only

got the telegram this afternoon.

Good afternoon, Miss Abbott.

How long has Lilia been engaged?

- Oh, quite a short time.

Try to tell me exactly how long?

- Exactly...

Exactly eleven days.

Did you know him before you arrived here?

- No. -I see. So, who is he then?

Well, he's a local.

I mean he lives in the place.

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