Umberto D. Umberto D.

Umberto D.

Vittorio De Sica

 
Umberto D. (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy
  • 1952
  • 88 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #201

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, Flike, Umberto struggles to maintain his dignity in a city where human kindness seems to have been swallowed up by the forces of modernization. His simple quest to satisfy his basic needs—food, shelter, companionship—makes for one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed, and an essential classic of world cinema

Cast

Umberto Domenico FerrariCarlo Battisti
MariaMaria Pia Casilio
LandladyLina Gennari
Man in hospitalMemmo Carotenuto
Flike, Umberto's dogNapoleone

Credits

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • That’s Life: Vittorio De Sica, a fifty-five-minute documentary about the director’s career, made for Italian television in 2001
  • Writings on Umberto D. by Umberto Eco, Luisa Alessandri, and Carlo Battisti (DVD only)
  • Interview with actress Maria Pia Casilio from 2003
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by critic Stuart Klawans and a reprinted recollection by De Sica (DVD and Blu-ray); a reprinted recollection by actor Carlo Battisti (DVD only)

    New DVD cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang, new Blu-ray cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

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Seeing Clearly Through Tears: On the Smart Sentiment of Umberto D.

By Stuart Klawans September 04, 2012

Umberto D. is perhaps the most astringent film ever made about a poor old man and his dog. Critics today tend to like the astringent parts: the long, deliberately undramatic sequences full of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Umberto D.

By Peter Becker March 05, 1990

Commercial Italian filmmakers of the early post-war era didn’t put much stock in the few crews shooting movies in the streets of Rome and Naples, casting local plumbers, masons, and slum . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

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Seeing Clearly Through Tears: On the Smart Sentiment of Umberto D.

By Stuart Klawans September 04, 2012

Umberto D. is perhaps the most astringent film ever made about a poor old man and his dog. Critics today tend to like the astringent parts: the long, deliberately undramatic sequences full of . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Umberto D.

By Peter Becker March 05, 1990

Commercial Italian filmmakers of the early post-war era didn’t put much stock in the few crews shooting movies in the streets of Rome and Naples, casting local plumbers, masons, and slum . . . Read more »

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