Umberto D.
First screened in July 2002 / Most recently screened in June 2014
Director: Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova, Memmo Carotenuto. Screenplay: Cesare Zavattini.

Twitter Capsule: Moments of humor and poignancy swamped by bathetic overstatement: neorealism sinks to goopy sentiment. Actors not great.

VOR:   Unquestionably a key film in a pivotal movement, even if it dilutes as much as it adds. Less of Rome than in Bicycle Thieves, et al.

Photo © 1952 Rizzoli Film, © 1955 Janus Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Original Story: Cesare Zavattini

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film

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