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Umberto D. (1952)

 -  Drama  -  7 November 1955 (USA)
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A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

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Cast overview:
Carlo Battisti ...
Maria Pia Casilio ...
Maria, la servetta
Lina Gennari ...
Antonia Belloni - la padrona di case
Ileana Simova ...
La donna nella camera di Umberto
Elena Rea ...
La suora all' ospedale
Memmo Carotenuto ...
Il degente all' ospedale
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Umberto Ferrari, aged government-pensioner, attends a street demonstration held by his fellow pensioners. The police dispense the crowd and Umberto returns to his cheap furnished room which he shares with his dog Flick. Umberto's lone friend is Maria, servant of the boarding house. She is a simple girl who is pregnant by one of two soldiers and neither will admit to being the father. When Umberto's landlady Antonia demands the rent owed her and threatens eviction if she is not paid, Umberto tries desperately to raise the money by selling his books and watch. He is too proud to beg in the streets and can not get a loan from any of his acquaintances. He contracts a sore throat, is admitted to a hospital and this puts a delay on his financial difficulty. Discharged, he finds that his dog is gone and, following a frantic search, locates him in the city dog pound. His room has been taken over by the landlady and the now-homeless Unberto determines to find a place for his beloved dog, and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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7 November 1955 (USA)  »

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$1,664 (USA) (17 May 2002)

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$74,308 (USA) (20 September 2002)
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There are two dogs used in the film. The trained one has a black head and its right side is white. Another dog, with a white muzzle and a black spot on its right flank, is used in two scenes - firstly, when Umberto is hiding from the police after the demonstration and, secondly, when he reclaims Flike from the pound. See more »

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The position of Umberto's bag on the seat changes between the scenes whilst he is trying to give Flike way and when he returns from the railway line. See more »

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An obedient dog is a man's best friend.
9 August 2007 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Vittorio De Sica once remarked that why should film makers go in search of extraordinary events when in the course of their daily lives they are confronted with ordinary events of extraordinary beauty.This statement sums best the very essence of this Neorealist classic. Umberto D directed by the master Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica is a sad albeit ordinary tale of the loss of human values in Italian society after the end of second world war.Everything about the leading character Umberto D is told in an ordinary indeed prosaic manner.It is rather bizarre but mention must also be made of the poor light in which women characters have been shown.This is due to the fact that in Umberto D,both the grumpy landlady and unmarried pregnant girl representing loss of moral values are women characters directly associated with the old man.The great thing about Umberto D is its canine protagonist named Flike who serves his master so well that he even prepares to die for his master's sake.In Umberto D, by showing a faithful dog who remains loyal to his old master,Vittorio De Sica has rightly depicted that animals are more truthful than some human beings.


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