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Umberto D. (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Umberto D. is one of the enduring masterpieces of Italian neorealism, considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made. Everything that neorealism represents can be found in this simple, heartbreaking story of an aged Roman named Umberto (played by Carlo Battisti, non-professional actor and retired college professor) who struggles to survive in a city plagued by passive disregard for the post-World War II plight of the elderly. With his little dog, Flike, as his only companion, Umberto faces imminent eviction, and his insufficient pension and failed attempts to raise money lead him to contemplate suicide... if he can find a home for Flike. His dilemma--and director Vittorio De Sica's compassionate, unsentimental handling of it--results in a film of uncompromising grace and authenticity. Like De Sica's earlier masterpieces Shoeshine and The Bicycle Thief, Umberto D. earns its teardrops honestly; if this timeless classic doesn't make you smile and cry, you'd better check for a pulse. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.
I heard that this was a great movie but I could not get into it.Published 13 months ago by Mary H Eilts
What a wonderful film. I must say this is one of my favorites. A classic, that should not be missed. This film truly pulls at your heart! I always tear up when I watch it. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2011 by Elle
The story line of Umberto D. could be the story of any man in any western country caught up in old age by changes he couldn't understand without sufficient resources to survive. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Kurt Harding
The master of Italian Neo-Realist cinema, DeSica, creates with Umberto D. one of the finest films of his career (I will not say his finest because I am torn between this movie and... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004 by C. N. Gallimore
De Sica made this film in memory of his father, however, it could be about any old man that enters retirement with a limited budget. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by Swederunner
New on DVD (August 03), this exceptional film strikes an emotional chord with universal truths.
Among the greatest of films, Vittorio De Sica's UMBERTO D (Criterion) tells the... Read more
Not much more needs to be said. There's no need to gild this lilly, the greatest film ever made. The dog's name is Flag, not Flike! Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by Barbara Buckley