Perhaps remembered foremost for directing what is considered by many to be one of the best films of all time, Bicycle Thieves
(1948), one of Italy’s forefathers of neorealism, Vittorio De Sica
is arguably not as glorified for the rest of his excellent filmography, as may be the work of some of his peers, like Rossellini or Visconti. Criterion revitalizes one of his other well known neorealist classics, the tender and moving Umberto D.
to Blu-ray this month, and it’s easy to see how the film has withstood the tests of time as a beautiful blend of social commentary of post WWII life in Italy, as well as a moving portrait of an affectionate relationship between a man and his dog in a cold, apathetic world.
During a protest demonstration enacted by a group of angry pensioners demanding more money than the meager amount they’re allotted, police officers