Umberto D

Umberto D

DVD - 2006 | Italian
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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.
Publisher: Australia : Madman Films, c2006.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.

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Apr 01, 2017

At a few key moments the music is intrusive and melodramatic, otherwise its flawless. In Italy at the time this was being made (tail end of reconstruction) the population profile wouldn't lead one to think a poor old man and pensioner would be suitable subject for a film, but, considering the population profile today of Italy (or for that matter Western Europe or N. America) its surprising that its not a subject of today's contenders for a great film.

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princeofdarkness
Sep 28, 2016

De Sica directs with subtlety this story of a proud and noble pensioner left behind by society to fend for himself. His world hasn't much left to offer him and his future isn't rich with palatable alternatives. Until something comes along, he will always have the love and loyalty of his dog Flike. It feels right that the ending of this tale is left for us to decide. The only missteps here are a caricature of the heartless landlady and a soundtrack that the film doesn't really need. It could be watched with no subtitles or even with no dialogue. The images speak for themselves with touching eloquence.

voisjoe1 Jan 12, 2013

To really understand this film, you need to know that the French protagonist Umberto D. worked long hours for 30 years as a government workers at middle-class pay and now when he has retired on a government pension, the government has decided that he and others of his class need to have their pensions squeezed so that the upper class can maintain their standard of living (a little like America, 2008). Umberto struggles in his life to determine how he is going to get his next meal, his next rent money, etc. and like Gary Cooper in High Noon, he finds no people willing to help and no people that want to listen after more than a few utterances from his mouth. Living in these circumstances, Umberto begins to believe that life may not be worth all that much. This movie, taken in with this knowledge, rises to its status as one of the best films of all times (Sight and Sound Magazine -1962), (Time Magazine 2005).

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