Umberto D. (1952)

VITTORIO DE SICA

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB

Italy, 1952.  Rizzoli Film, Produzione Films Vittorio De Sica, Amato Film.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Vittorio De Sica, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A masterpiece! A lovable old man rents a room in a boarding house that is starting to rent by the hour, his mean landlady trying to kick him out, even raising the rent to make him unable to continue living there. The old man refuses, putting up a tough fight in order to keep the little he owns in his old age to himself, even if it means living in what is turning into a brothel; it doesn’t help that the government is giving so little pension to retired civil servants such as himself. During the course of the film he develops a friendship with the meek serving girl of the house, rare moments of sanity in the crazy world he has to constantly fight against. The drama is perfectly subtle and natural without ever obviously pulling on heartstrings, something pretty amazing for a film that features the antics between an old man and his pet dog.

The Criterion Collection:  #201

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Motion Picture Story

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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