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Umberto D Umberto D

Hugely revered Neo-Realist film from Vittorio De Sica. Hugely revered Neo-Realist film from Vittorio De Sica.
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A heartfelt portrait of an impoverished retired civil servant who lives in a rented room in postwar Rome with only his beloved dog and a teenage housemaid as companions. Faced with eviction when he can't keep up with his rent, the old man struggles to make ends meet and maintain his dignity, but his growing despair leads him to contemplate suicide.

Written by De Sica's long-standing collaborator Cesare Zavattini (who is the subject of an in-depth documentary extra on this DVD), UMBERTO D's depiction of poverty, old age and loneliness - far from being a recipe for bleakness - is bursting with life.

Despite international acclaim with ¬Cannes and Oscar nominations, it was castigated by the Italian government for airing the country's 'dirty laundry' in public. Today UMBERTO D is universally considered not only as the apex of Italian Neorealism but as one of cinema's masterpieces with a profound influence on generations of filmmakers. A heartfelt portrait of an impoverished retired civil servant who lives in a rented room in postwar Rome with only his beloved dog and a teenage housemaid as companions. Faced with eviction when he can't keep up with his rent, the old man struggles to make ends meet and maintain his dignity, but his growing despair leads him to contemplate suicide.

Written by De Sica's long-standing collaborator Cesare Zavattini (who is the subject of an in-depth documentary extra on this DVD), UMBERTO D's depiction of poverty, old age and loneliness - far from being a recipe for bleakness - is bursting with life.

Despite international acclaim with ¬Cannes and Oscar nominations, it was castigated by the Italian government for airing the country's 'dirty laundry' in public. Today UMBERTO D is universally considered not only as the apex of Italian Neorealism but as one of cinema's masterpieces with a profound influence on generations of filmmakers.

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Documentary on Cesare Zavattini

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SKU 5035017010211
Catalogue Number NPD1021
Year 1952
Director Vittorio de Sica
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Nouveaux Pictures
Aspect ratio 4:3
Colour B & W
Subtitles English
Language(s) Italian
Running time 89 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate PG

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