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7 November 1955 (USA) See more »
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A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Neorealist Classic (A story of an old man and his dog) See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Carlo Battisti ... Umberto Domenico Ferrari
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Albani Barbieri ... L'amico di Antonia (uncredited)
Pasquale Campagnola ... (uncredited)
Riccardo Ferri ... (uncredited)

Lamberto Maggiorani ... (uncredited)
De Silva ... Battistini (uncredited)

Directed by
Vittorio De Sica 
 
Writing credits
Cesare Zavattini (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Giuseppe Amato .... producer (as Amato)
Vittorio De Sica .... producer (as De Sica)
Angelo Rizzoli .... producer (as Rizzoli)
 
Original Music by
Alessandro Cicognini 
 
Cinematography by
G.R. Aldo  (as G. R. Aldo)
 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
 
Production Design by
Virgilio Marchi 
 
Set Decoration by
Ferdinando Ruffo 
 
Production Management
Nino Misiano .... production manager
Roberto Moretti .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luisa Alessandri .... first assistant director
Franco Montemurro .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... construction department head (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ennio Sensi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Angelo Pennoni .... still photographer
Giuseppe Rotunno .... camera operator
Nino Cristiani .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Giuseppe Tinelli .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Marcella Benvenuti .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Organizzaione Rizzi .... orchestra
 
Other crew
Pasquale Misiano .... production secretary
 
Thanks
Umberto De Sica .... dedicatee
 

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89 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Trivia:
Vittorio De Sica dedicated this film to his father.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the kitchen of the landlady, when Umberto is chatting with the maid, she makes fire with a newspaper to get rid of the ants. After a few moments, we see that the newspaper is almost completely on fire, but in the next shot, less than half of the newspaper is on fire.See more »
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Referenced in Splendor (1989)See more »

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Neorealist Classic (A story of an old man and his dog), 13 July 1999
Author: Mauri-3 from London, England

Umberto D was made towards the end of the Neo-realist period in Italian cinema, following on from Roma Citta Aperta (1945),Riso Amaro (Bitter Rice 1946),Paisa (Paisan 1946) and Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thieves 1948). Many critics see Umberto D has the finest example of the genre and Vittorio de Sica, the director, himself considered it to be his best work. Set in post-war Italy, it is the story of a retired public worker, trying to survive on a meagre state pension and being threatened with eviction from his landlady. His only friends are his small dog 'Flick' and his landlady's young maid Maria who has just discovered she is pregnant. Filled with despair over his situation he finally contemplates suicide.

The film sticks firmly to the neorealist conventions; the lead actor is a non professional actor (a college Professor who agreed to play the role), the use of studio sets is kept to minimum and the everyday lives of people are examined in minute detail. One could say that for long parts of the film nothing much happens, for instance when we follow Maria's early morning routine of grinding some coffee, but from these detailed vignettes, we learn a great deal of the thoughts feelings and emotions of the characters. These sequences are why it is a great film. The acting is wonderful, the impossible situations of the old man and of the unmarried but pregnant Maria are really brought to life for the audience. Although a tragic tale it does include many moments of humour and the ending although non-committal is uplifting. All in all a classic.

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