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Title:
Umberto D.
Author:
Rizzoli, Angelo.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Criterion Collection, [2003]

©1952
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Follow Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone, except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to the forces of modernization.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1952.

Special features: "That's life: Vittorio De Sica" a 55-minute documentary made for Italian television in 2001; new video interview with actress Maria Pia Casilio; new essay by critic Stuart Klawans and reprinted recollections on the film by De Sica; writings on "Umberto D." by Umberto Eco, Luisa Alessandri, and Carlo Battisti.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
Italian
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
ISBN:
9780780026476
UPC:
037429176122
Format :
DVD

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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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi