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Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 November 1955 (USA)
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An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

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Complete credited cast:
... Umberto Domenico Ferrari
Maria Pia Casilio ... Maria
Lina Gennari ... Antonia Belloni
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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dog | rent | landlady | pension | hospital | See All (149) »

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7 November 1955 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,664, 17 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$74,308, 22 September 2002
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Trivia

Many in the film's cast were new to acting, including Carlo Battisti and Maria Pia Casilio, the two principal actors. Others, including Umberto's cruel landlady, Antonia (Lina Gennari), were established professional actors. See more »

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In the confrontation with his landlady after he returns with Flike, the position of the landlady changes between shots, so that a set of film posters appears behind her and her fiancé in the later shots. See more »

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Maria, la servetta: Can you see anything, Mr. Umberto?
Umberto Domenico Ferrari: No, nothing.
Maria, la servetta: You can a little. Did you know I'm pregnant?
Umberto Domenico Ferrari: My God. And you say it just like that?
Maria, la servetta: How do you want me to say it?
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An unforgettable masterpiece
20 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is storytelling at its simplest and most beautiful. An old man - his sole companion, a dog - tries to survive on a fixed, tight income while being mistreated by his landlady.

DeSica brilliantly captures the despair of his protagonist and makes this film unforgettably powerful. This film deserves to be seen by everyone, not just those who enjoy foreign-language films.

This film is touching, memorable and manages to draw us into Umberto's life without ever becoming maudlin. The denouement is heartbreaking, but the film never lapses into sentimentality. "Umberto D" truly is one of the greatest films ever made.


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