Umberto D (1952)

by guestwriter

Umberto D is another masterpiece of the Italian Neorealism. Again, just as in Ladri di biciclette, the subject is very simple and very close to the human heart. A simple retired clerk, running out of money to support himself, and his only “treasure”, his dog, Flick. One of the elements that made a success out of Vittorio de Sica’s movies starting with Sciuscià (Shoeshine, 1946) was his collaboration with the writer Cesare Zavattini. Their technique is unique and describes so well the genre: an emotional and convincing story of the post-war Italian society. The authenticity of the film is given by the non-professional actors and its filming on the streets of Rome. The message of the movie is direct: is love saving or futile?

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