Human kindness falls between the cracks of postwar Italy in this neo-realist classic from director Vittorio De Sica. "Umberto D." (1952) is an elderly gentleman struggling to navigate his twilight years on a tiny pension, with only his dog friend Flike toaccompany him in the increasingly callous streets outside of his lonely apartment. As the old man falls to the depths of despair, a glimmer of hope flashes on the horizon. Nonprofessional actors add to the gritty, true-life feel of this groundbreaking movie.
Carlo Battisti. Vittorio De Sica’s masterful, moving documentary-style drama follows an elderly man and his dog when they are kicked out of their squalid home. In Italian with English subtitles. 1952/b&w/89 min/NR/fullscreen or Blu-ray widescreen.