1952. Italy. Vittorio De Sica. 89 min.
Saturday, July 11, 2009, 8:30 p.m.
1952. Italy. Written and directed by Vittorio De Sica. With Carlo Battisti, Maria-Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova. “The heroic era of Neorealism reached its climax (and box-office disaster) with this wrenching portrait of an elderly, middle-class pensioner slowly losing his home and his dignity. With its episodes of deliberately undramatic activity, Umberto D. comes close to achieving an ideal announced by André Bazin—the perfect aesthetic illusion of reality—and foreshadows the observational cinema of filmmakers such as Hou Hsiao-hsien and Chantal Akerman. With its unabashed emotion, it also breaks your heart” (Stuart Klawans, The Nation). NYFCC Best Foreign Film, 1955. In Italian; English subtitles.. 89 min.
In the Film exhibition Critical Favorites: The New York Film Critics Circle at 75
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