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Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 November 1955 (USA)
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An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writer:

Cesare Zavattini (story and screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Carlo Battisti ... Umberto Domenico Ferrari
Maria Pia Casilio ... Maria
Lina Gennari Lina Gennari ... Antonia Belloni
Ileana Simova Ileana Simova ... La donna nella camera di Umberto
Elena Rea Elena Rea ... La suora all' ospedale
Memmo Carotenuto Memmo Carotenuto ... Il degente all' ospedale
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Umberto Ferrari, aged government-pensioner, attends a street demonstration held by his fellow pensioners. The police dispense the crowd and Umberto returns to his cheap furnished room which he shares with his dog Flick. Umberto's lone friend is Maria, servant of the boarding house. She is a simple girl who is pregnant by one of two soldiers and neither will admit to being the father. When Umberto's landlady Antonia demands the rent owed her and threatens eviction if she is not paid, Umberto tries desperately to raise the money by selling his books and watch. He is too proud to beg in the streets and can not get a loan from any of his acquaintances. He contracts a sore throat, is admitted to a hospital and this puts a delay on his financial difficulty. Discharged, he finds that his dog is gone and, following a frantic search, locates him in the city dog pound. His room has been taken over by the landlady and the now-homeless Unberto determines to find a place for his beloved dog, and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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dog | rent | landlady | pension | old man | See All (155) »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Umberto D. See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$71,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,816
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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About an hour into the film Gian Lorenzo Bernini's monumental sculpture "Elephant and Obelisk" (1667) makes a prominent appearance. In November 2016 the statue was damaged in an act of vandalism that aroused worldwide condemnation. See more »

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Near the beginning when he is eating with the other old men he hands the plates of everyone near to him to the waitress. In the next shot everyone has plates in front of them again. See more »

Quotes

Umberto Domenico Ferrari: Listen, you need to leave as well. There are lots of jobs in Rome. Don't stay here.
Maria, la servetta: She'll kick me out the minute she finds out I'm pregnant.
Umberto Domenico Ferrari: Can't you go back to your hometown?
Maria, la servetta: My father would beat me.
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"Wherever you go, I'll be here."
10 August 2003 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

As I watched Umberto D., by Oscar nominated actor and legendary Oscar winning director Vittorio De Sica, I knew clearly one thing for certain- Carlo Battisti, playing the role of retired civil servant Umberto Domenico Ferrari, is the most convincing non-professional actor in any given decade of European movie-making. He knows the purpose De Sica is after within every ounce of his soul (one can see it repeatedly in his eyes, the small mannerisms)- this is a story of loss, sad yet in an outlook and outcome that is cruel up to a point and never fiddles with the viewer's emotions dishonestly. Therefore, one can see him, in a sense, for what he is- he's us, merely you and I at the end of our lines of life with one wrong step sent to us after another.

Battisti's Umberto is retired, known fairly among his past employees, and living in a dank, infested one room who seems to be on the standard downward spiral for such a neo-realist effort (indeed, like The Bicycle Thief, many of the elements against him are from society's natural pitfalls). His health starts to go, as he gets a fever, and is sent unsympathetically to the hospital and returns to find the place being torn at each wall. The landlady wants him out, since she will only accept full rent instead of partial rent, and the maid of the house (Maria Pia-Casillo), while kind and friendly, lives in a similar prism of fear and emptiness. However, even she can't help him in the financial difficulties. This leads him out into the streets outside of Rome, where the film plays out like a Chaplin movie, without the humor and female companion- only with his best friend in the world, a little dog named Flag.

By the 3rd act of this epitome of heartbreaker movie-making, a quote passed through my head that Michelangelo Antonionni once stated: The actor is a moving object. That sentence, I can guess, is true of Battisti, as well as for his little dog. Aldo Graziati's camera follows him and his companion like another piece of the frame, which makes our focus on them all the more compelling. They're just their, acting the ways an old man and his pet act with one another, which is care and devotion. Battisti, in turn, delivers for De Sica an over-whelming performance of emotion. The very last scene is one of the definitive milestones of the movement at the time in Italy - despite it all; a relationship between a man and his "best friend" can be stronger in desperate times than a man can have with a fellow human being. Truly, this ending is quite suitable for one of the best films of it's time, and for De Sica a memorial tribute to his father. A++


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