Running Time: 89 mins
Release Date: 24/04/2017
Content Type: Movie
Hailed by Martin Scorsese as “De Sica’s greatest achievement“, UMBERTO D surpasses even ‘Bicycle Thieves’ in many critics’ opinions - rating as one of the greatest films of all time.
A heartfelt portrait of an impoverished retired civil servant who lives in a rented room in post-war Rome with only his beloved dog and a teenage housemaid as companions. Faced with eviction when he can’t keep up with his rent, the old man struggles to make ends meet and maintain his dignity, but his growing despair leads him to contemplate suicide.
Written by De Sica’s long-standing collaborator Cesare Zavattini, UMBERTO D’s depiction of poverty, old age and loneliness – far from being a recipe for bleakness - is bursting with life.
Despite international acclaim with Cannes and Oscar nominations, it was castigated by the Italian government for airing the country’s ‘dirty laundry’ in public. Today, though, UMBERTO D is universally considered not only as the apex of Italian Neorealism but as one of cinema’s masterpieces with a profound influence on generations of filmmakers.
Presented in its new restored version, UMBERTO D’s life-affirming tale is as pertinent today as when it was made.
Vittorio D: A tribute to multi-awarded maestro filmmaker De Sica, a milestone of Cinema history.
With participations from the likes of Clint Eastwood, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, etc…
1.37:1 (OAR) colour
Italian LPCM Mono
Vittorio De Sica
Maria Pia Casilio
Alberto Albani Barbieri
Director of Photography:
Eraldo Da Roma