An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writer:

Cesare Zavattini (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carlo Battisti ... Umberto Domenico Ferrari
Maria Pia Casilio ... Maria
Lina Gennari ... Antonia Belloni
Ileana Simova ... La donna nella camera di Umberto
Elena Rea Elena Rea ... La suora all' ospedale
Memmo Carotenuto ... Il degente all' ospedale
De Silva ... Battistini (uncredited)
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Storyline

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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Plot Keywords:

dog | old man | rent | landlady | pension | See All (159) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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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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Umberto Domenico Ferrari: Who can live on 18,000 lire these days? My landlady charges me 10,000. She even raised my rent, that old -...
Orazio Valenti: Go ahead and say it. We're both men. If she's a bitch, she's a bitch.
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An unforgettable masterpiece
20 May 2004 | by anhedoniaSee 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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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Umberto D. See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Gross USA:

$71,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,816
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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