Umberto D.

Umberto D.

Directed by Vittorio De Sica • 1952 • Italy

Shot on location with a cast of nonprofessional actors, Vittorio De Sica's neorealist masterpiece follows Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto strives to maintain his dignity while trying to survive in a city where traditional human kindness seems to have lost out to the forces of modernization. Umberto's simple quest to fulfill the most fundamental human needs, food, shelter, companionship, is one of the most heartbreaking stories ever filmed and an essential classic of world cinema.

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Umberto D.
  • Umberto D.

    Directed by Vittorio De Sica • 1952 • Italy

    Shot on location with a cast of nonprofessional actors, Vittorio De Sica's neorealist masterpiece follows Umberto D., an elderly pensioner, as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy's postwar economic boom. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto...

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  • That’s Life: Vittorio De Sica

    This documentary, made for Italian television in 2001 by Sandro Lai, offers an overview of director Vittorio De Sica’s career. It features behind-the-scenes footage from many of his films, as well as a conversation between De Sica and his longtime writing partner Cesare Zavattini.

  • Maria Pia Casilio on UMBERTO D.

    Actress Maria Pia Casilio’s first film role was in UMBERTO D., when she was still in her teens. In this interview, conducted in 2003, she describes being discovered by director Vittorio De Sica and discusses her work in the film.