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3,191 Ratings

Umberto D.

Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Italy, 1952


Set during Italy’s postwar economic boom, an elderly man living alone with his dog is determined to maintain his self-respect whilst suffering through poverty. A solemn entry part of the Italian neorealist genre.

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Umberto D. Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1957 | Nominee: Best Writing, Motion Picture Story

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1955 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

However prone to trite pet tricks, this is nevertheless a crucifying tear-bath, one of the small handful of films about the aged that matter.
September 08, 2015
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One of those modest masterpieces that defined Italian neorealism, Umberto D. trades in pathos of the Chaplin variety, which means that the figure of the poor and decent man—seemingly out-of-time—must be counterbalanced by a young and naive girl. The movie expresses itself through contrasts; it’s so sad because parts of it are so funny, and so touching because it is, at times, very cruel.
August 03, 2015
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Every bit as honest and observant a pinnacle of the Italian neorealist movement as de Sica’s more frequently screened Bicycle Thieves, this study of a retired civil servant facing economic ruin with only his loyal dog for company seems no less potent or impassioned today than it did 60-odd years ago.
June 14, 2015
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