This neorealist masterpiece by Vittorio De Sica follows an elderly pensioner as he strives to make ends meet during Italy’s postwar economic recovery. Alone except for his dog, Umberto struggles to maintain his dignity in a city where kindness seems to have been swallowed up by modernization. Umberto D. is one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed, and an essential classic of world cinema.
Anchored by Carlo Battisti’s moving performance as Umberto D, Vittorio de Sica’s deeply empathetic character study is a bracing glimpse into the lives of the downtrodden.
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Major accolades received by Umberto D. (1952)
- Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
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