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Umberto D. - Criterion Collection
Umberto D - Criterion Collection
Actors: Carlo Battisti, Maria-Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova, Elena Rea
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2003     1hr 29min

Umberto D. is one of the enduring masterpieces of Italian neorealism, considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made. Everything that neorealism represents can be found in this simple, heartbreaking story of ...  more »

     
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Actors: Carlo Battisti, Maria-Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova, Elena Rea
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Creators: Aldo Graziati, Eraldo Da Roma, Angelo Rizzoli, Giuseppe Amato, Cesare Zavattini
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Criterion
Format: DVD - Black and White - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/22/2003
Original Release Date: 11/07/1955
Theatrical Release Date: 11/07/1955
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
Edition: Criterion Collection
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Down and Out In Post-War Italy
A Certain Bibliophile | 09/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If the Italian neo-realist movement could be said to have a definite endpoint, it would probably be Vittorio De Sica's 1952 film Umberto D., a huge international flop that was initially greeted with hostility at home and indifference abroad, but which has since resurfaced as a masterpiece. But apart from any fiscal reasons, the film may have ended neo-realism because it is arguably its greatest example, taking the movement to a point of aesthetic purity from which it had nowhere else to go. Unlike other landmark De Sica films, such as 1946's Shoeshine or 1948's The Bicycle Thief, Umberto D. doesn't press hard for sentiment or sweeping emotional crescendos, but simply embraces an old man's often-mundane attempts to survive another month and hold on to what little he has."