Umberto D.

Umberto D.

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Umberto D.

Frequently mentioned on lists of masterpieces of modern cinema, Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D. transforms a simple character study into a painfully poignant drama. Umberto is an aging former civil servant, now retired on his scant government pension. He spends his time in his tiny room in Rome, with only his longtime pet dog for companionship. His lonely life only grows worse when his limited income forces him to fall behind on his rent, leading his landlady to threaten him with eviction. He makes a desperate attempt to raise the needed money and protest the unfair treatment of senior citizens to the government, but he receives little response. His one chance at human contact, through brief conversations with a pregnant servant, proves sadly disappointing. Indeed, Umberto slowly becomes convinced that the situation may be hopeless, and he ultimately considers committing suicide. Considered one of the high points of Italian neo-realist cinema, Umberto D. provides the ultimate example of the movement's unadorned, observational style, which emphasizes the reality of events without calling attention to their emotional or dramatic impact. The unschooled, natural performances also contribute to the film's feeling of verisimilitude, particularly the lead performance by non-actor Carlo Battisti.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2012
UPC: 0715515098212
Original Release: 1952
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 14,364

Special Features

High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; That's Life: Vittorio De Sica, a fift-five-minute documentary about the director's career, made for Italian television in 2001; Interview with actress Maria Pia Casilio from 2003; Trailer; Plus: a booklet featuring an essayby critic Stuart Klawans and reprinted recollections by De Sica and actor Carlo Battisti

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carlo Battisti Umberto Domenico Ferrari
Maria Pia Casilio Maria
Lina Gennari Landlady
Ileana Simova Surprised Woman
Elena Rea Sister
Memmo Carotenuto Voice of Light
Alberto Albani Barbieri Fiance
Lamberto Maggiorani Actor

Technical Credits
Vittorio De Sica Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Giuseppe Amato Producer
Alessandro Cicognini Score Composer
Aldo Graziati Cinematographer
Virgilio Marchi Production Designer
Nino Misiano Production Manager
Eraldo Da Roma Editor
Cesare Zavattini Screenwriter

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Umberto D. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good and sensitive presentation of the world of an elderly man and the "world" that he lives in, how he is treated and how he treats it. While 60 years separate the film from today it causes a Boomer to wonder..."what will my world be like in twenty-five years"?
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