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voltesque

Touching neorealist Italian film. Nobody gets it easy, but that's just life. Cried pretty much through the entire film, but the part that got to me worst was spoiler
10 years 10 months ago
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dchauvin

A masterclass in emotive cinema. Pretty much impossible not to love that dog.
11 years 3 months ago
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Petrux

Give an Oscar to the Dog!!!
6 years 3 months ago
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-1flb2-

Great Movie. Great social dilemmas: one person at the end of their life, the other starting a new life(baby). This movie covers the gamut of emotions. Very powerful.
7 years 7 months ago
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BillieDove

I think I cried for the last 10 minutes, straight.
12 years 6 months ago
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Malteras

The biggest embarrassment and disappointment of a life is when your sincere present (or gift or help) is being refused... This happens a lot to Umberto D.
Sad and realistic movie, one of my favorite Italian films...
12 years 7 months ago
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Nilofarish

This is a really good movie
13 years 10 months ago
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turpentina

fantastic movie!
11 years 7 months ago
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IamZlatan

Brilliant!
12 years 2 months ago
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Dieguito

Bravissimo!
12 years 6 months ago
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Camille Deadpan

One of the best.
12 years 7 months ago
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bumsquats

The landlady is a real piece of work
6 months ago
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deckard.

a story of a wimp old man that is really hard to relate and empathize let alone like.
1 year 10 months ago
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saydin7

Like other italian classics life conquers them all.
13 years 9 months ago
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mathiasa

Great movie about an old man finally learning to take responsibility. What irked me was the unnecessary vilification of the landlord. This cliché is in a lot of movies, mostly to please the no-so-smart-movie-watchers. The portrayal of the landlady is so bad, that one commenter here maintains that Umberto was mistreated by her. But in what way? He didn‘t pay the rent, so she lawfully evicted him. There‘s no mistreatment, at least not on her part. One could make a point that he mistreated her by not paying the rent. But the take-home point is that he always makes other people responsible for his situation and the movie shows that this kind of behavior doesn‘t lead to no good. The movie watcher is asked to take pity in Umberto D. but it would be a gross misunderstanding to see him as a victim (fe we’re told that he worked for several decades in an above average paying job and he never saved anything substantial for his pension). Also, in the beginning, we see him talk to two comparable fellows, telling him that they have no debt. A scene like that is important, it tells us that it wasn‘t simply „circumstances“ that defined what Umberto is, but that the goals that Umberto seeked throughout his life had an impact who, and in what circumstances he now is.
The great thing in De Sica‘s directing lies in that he doesn‘t preach or look down on Umberto and instead shows the empathy that every human deserves toward him.
If you think he‘s a victim or portrayed as one, you will not understand the symbolism of the ending.
Italian Neorealism movies are usually not as one-dimensional and superficial as some social romantics tend to believe.
3 years 6 months ago

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