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Umberto D.

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Italy

1952

1h 31m

Director Vittorio De Sica

Starring Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Elena Rea

Genre Drama

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Umberto D tells the moving story of the lengths a man must go to in order to survive. When Umberto Domenico Terrari finds he is unable to pay his rent, even with his pension, he sets up a plan to fake an illness to keep from living on the street.

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80

Variety by

The ending is happy, but the general effect of the film is disturbing, so compelling is De Sica's description of a man's solitude.
100

Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

The credo of Italy's fabled neorealist movement was that movies rooted in real, unadorned experience carry more dramatic impact than studio concoctions can dream of, and this 1952 masterpiece exemplifies that argument brilliantly.
100

Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Creates magic of a completely different sort. It makes the unlikeliest subject unforgettable, finding drama, beauty, even poetry in simple things and simple lives.
50

Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

It's too bad that the film is sporadically crude (a moment of suicidal angst is illustrated with a shove-zoom to the pavement), prone to mega-Italian extroversion, and far too in love with stupid pet tricks.
90

New Times (L.A.) by Robert Wilonsky

De Sica's 1952 neorealist masterpiece; it's a stark snapshot in which all is revealed about the "daily life of mankind," as the director once offered by way of description.

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