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Umberto D

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6 /10
Average Rating
9.00 /10
Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari
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Directed by: Vittorio De Sica
Written by: Cesare Zavattini from his own story

Released: 1962
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: Italy
Colour: BW
Length: 89


A pensioner (Carlo Battisti) reduced to penury chooses between begging and killing himself.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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In Shoeshine , De Sica attacked Italy for not taking more care of its youth; here, he lashes out on behalf of the elderly. It's a moving but profoundly pessimistic analysis of old age, showing - as de Sica put it, "the indifference of society towards suffering. They are a word in favour of the poor and unhappy." Though the film is powerful and realistic, the leading actor is a non-professional and it shows; and the doom and gloom become overpowering. The film is the last of de Sica's "neo-realist" period.
"No other medium of expression has the cinema's original and innate capacity for showing things in what we might call their 'dailiness.'"
(Cesare Zavattini, writer)

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