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Directed by Vittorio De Sica

Italy 1952 89 mins. In Italian

Vittorio De Sica helmed a long string of humanist, neorealist masterpieces that were at once tender portraits of the average people of post-war Italy and thinly veiled critiques of the reconstructionist state, including Umberto D. Retired pensioner Umberto Domenico Ferrari (Carlo Battisti), alone except for his treasured dog Flike, struggles to get by on his scant allotment. Forced into the streets after he can’t come up with rent money, Umberto and Flike set out on a heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive journey, despite society’s drive to move on and forget the past (including many more just like Umberto). From a script by Cesare Zavattini, Umberto D. was initially a failure in Italy, as the country was ready to move on from doom and gloom, but has since earned its place as a sentimental masterpiece. In Italian with English subtitles.