Umberto D (1955)

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Produced, directed, and co-scripted by Vittorio de Sica, Umberto D is a disarmingly simple film about an alarmingly complicated social issue. Umberto (Carlo Battisti) is a retired civil servant, bereft of friends--save for his pet dog--and family. Unable to pay the rent on the shabby room where he has lived for three decades, Umberto is slated for eviction. His angered protests to the Italian government about the cavalier treatment afforded him and his fellow senior citizens fall upon deaf ears. Desperately trying to raise his rent money, Umberto discovers that no one really wants him around. He contemplates suicide, but decides not to go through with it out of concern for his dog's well-being. At film's end, Umberto is "doomed to live." Though the story has the potential for a heavy-handed approach, DeSica wisely follows the edict established by co-scenarist Cesar Zavattini: the camera does not comment, it merely observes. A box-office failure in Italy (where it ran into resistance from government officials who preferred that the senior-citizen dilemma be swept under the rug), Umberto D was the recipient of numerous industry and festival awards.
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Art House & International , Drama
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Nelson Entertainment

Cast

Carlo Battisti
as Umberto Ferrari
Lina Gennari
as Landlady
Elena Rea
as Sister
Memmo Carotenuto
as Voice of Light
Ileana Simova
as Surprised Woman
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Critic Reviews for Umberto D

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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It's hard to think of a more remarkable tribute to the resilience of the human spirit than the one Umberto D. puts on the screen.

September 5, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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One of the great humanist cinema works: a portrayal of age, poverty and simple lives in postwar Rome that is both luminous and heartbreaking.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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This simple, almost Chaplinesque story of a man fighting to preserve his dignity is even more moving for its firm grasp of everyday activities.

Full Review… | June 24, 2002
Chicago Reader
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Heroes like Umberto D. are hard to find, and your life will be better for having met him.

June 1, 2002
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Umberto D

½

Another neorealist masterpiece by master Vittorio de Sica, a truly heartfelt and unforgettable portrait of a poverty-stricken life in postwar Italy that avoids any sort of easy sentimentality and needs no effort to make us love and care about its struggling character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

the realism and simplicity of this film is penetrating. probably even better than de sica's slightly more well known film "bicycle thieves", umberto just has a charm that helps you resonate with his plight. the end of the film comes upon us a bit too abruptly, but the rest of the film is nearly perfect.

danny d
danny d

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½

Ah, Italian Neorealism. This film was alright. The bit with the dog at the end nearly killed me. Ravage a human monstrously and I will be fine. Injure a dog, and I'm coming after your blood....

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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