Umberto D details
|Starring:||Alberto Albani Barbieri, Lina Gennari, Maria Pia Casilio, Carlo Battisti|
|Director:||Vittorio De Sica|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Sep 2004|
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Not that goodBy theedgies (38 reviews) from Skipton , 29 Sep 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Not worth the trouble, mildly depressing really.
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Realism V RivettingBy Loopsta (5 reviews) , 21 Mar 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideMade in 1952 under director Vittorio De Sica, Umberto D is a key example of a realism film. Only available in Italian, it is then subtitled for whatever language is required and the audience are taken into the protagonists world. I cannot deny that if I didnt have to watch this film because of my university course, I wouldnt. Nor would I watch it again. But at the same time, I can appreciate the way that it was filmed and structure, especially considering how it is praised for the realistic effects and representation of the real world that we are all part of. Using long takes and not drawing the audiences attention to any particular detail, De Sica tells the tale of a gentleman struggling to live off his pension. His strict landlady is about to throw him out on the street along with his trusted companion, his dog, and there is nothing Umberto can do about it. He simply doesnt have the money to pay for the increasing rent, not when the house is due for conversion into something far more luxurious than the ant-infested place it is for him now. His only friend, his only true friend, is the maid of the house. But she cannot help him, not when she is unmarried and pregnant with not being sure who the father of her child actually is. There is no flashy effects, no quick editing that show a vast passing of time as Umberto struggles to find a way of not losing his home. Hes too proud for begging, and pretending to be sick only gives him a weeks respite on the rent. Instead, the audience follow his struggle closely, seeing things almost the way we would have if there hadnt been a camera there and we were actually witnessing what was happening. Personally, this sort of film is not for me. I generally do not like films that you have to read rather than watching because I feel that it distracts from what is being shown to you visually, and that should be the point of the film. Due to its realistic approach, there just seems to be a general lack of content in the film and therefore it doesnt effectively hold the audiences attention. However, it is a crucial film on the realistic argument and has been used to a great extent in order to illustrate certain points as the argument rages back and forth. It might not be the most engaging film, but it is an important one and therefore is not something that should be dismissed. It might not be the type of films that we are used to seeing nowadays, but that doesnt mean that it is wrong or weak, just that it is something different. If you have an interest in the realism effect of film and cinema, then this is a good film for a case study. If you want something to just sit and enjoy, however, this wouldnt be your first choice.
Harsh Life But RealBy clare2904 (10 reviews) from Preston , 25 Jul 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI had an idea that this film would be sad and I was not wrong. But don't let that put you off. I think this is a film everyone should see.
The old are often ignored and that should not be the case. Umberto does his best but that ain't good enough for his evil b1tch landlady (I would love to see her when she is older and struggling). He gets by with his faithful dog and as we head towards the end of the film you understand the love and understanding between the two.
The scenes at the animal centre are not easy to watch, especially for younger children & also at the rail crossing.
Overall it is a great film and I highly recommend.
It's no joke getting old.By Oldbloke (350 reviews) from Sidmouth , 15 Oct 2011In post war Rome, an ailing and destitute old man faces eviction by his hard hearted landlady. His only friends are his small dog Flike and a young illiterate maid, who sleeps in the hallway and is pregnant, by whom she is not sure. In order to pay his rent, he tries to sell his few pathetic possessions, but is met with disdain and disinterest. Too proud to beg, he resolves to find a home for Flike before dying but fails on that score too. Beautiful, heart breaking little story is every bit the equal of De Sica's better known masterpiece Bicycle Thieves. Both films are excessively sentimental but never sickly because they are diluted with big doses of harsh realism. Timeless and unforgettable.
Classic de SicaBy a customer from Shropshire, UK , 18 Feb 2010Typically de Sica, this is a poignant story of a lonely poverty-stricken pensioner who tries to raise the funds to pay his rent debts. His landlady is determined to evict him and his dog whether he pays or not.
His one human friend is the kitchen maid, with her own problems of pregnancy (so far hidden from the landlady).
At one point he gets himself into hospital as a means of being fed and thus saving a little more money. He loses his beloved dog, finds it again, and feeling suicidal, thinks of putting it in the care of a sort of dogs' home.
Almost leisurely in pace, it is beautifully observed, both sad and funny. There is no happy ending here, the overall feeling is quite sombre.
So what fun to see the 'featurette' about the director Cesare Zavattini. Within it is a hilarious description of a quarrel between Fellini and Zavattini, told with great gusto by the director Roberto Benigni. Almost worth renting just to see that!
Worth ItBy a customer from Canterbury , 08 Sep 2009This is a true cinematic gem. One for the serious film lover though. It is not the most amazing piece of cinematography but the story telling is beautiful. It is understated and slow but worth it.
Warning it is a heart rending film.
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