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Umberto D. (1952)

Italy 89m, B&W
Director: Vittorio De Sica; Cast: Carlo Battisti, Maria-Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova, Elena Rea, Memmo Carotenuto

umberto-dEmploying a cast of largely non-professional actors, Umberto D. is a sociopolitical commentary on the challenges faced by the poor and the old in post-war Italy. As an example of neorealism, Umberto D. is a film that follows the fate of a lonely poor old man who desperately tries to keep from being evicted from his one room apartment. Falling ill, his plight worsens when he loses his little dog. A melancholy story, Umberto is forced to take drastic measures, if only to save his dignity (Klaus Ming July 2014).

One comment on “Umberto D. (1952)

  1. Thom Hickey

    Worthy of Chekhov! Regards Thom.

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