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Umberto D. [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

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  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • UMBERTO D., from director Vittorio De Sica, is a simple, heartbreaking tale about the life of an elderly pensioner. Penniless and alone, with only the maid (Lina Genneri) from his rooming house and a devoted dog for companionship, the old man (Carlo Battisti) contemplates suicide. But then one day, a ray of hope pierces his bleak existence, and everything changes. This careful observation of one man's attempt to keep his dignity in the face of a hostile society is one of the pearls of Italian post-war cinema.
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  • Critic Reviews
    "...[UMBERTO D.] creates magic of a completely different sort. It makes the unlikeliest subject unforgettable, finding drama, beauty, even poetry in simple things and simple lives..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...UMBERTO D is rightly held as a classic....The new 35 millimeter print has been restored....It's a stunning achievement in service of a deserving film..."
    Box Office

    "[A] heart-rending tale..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...It may be the best of the Italian neorealist films -- the one that is most simply itself..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Fifty years later, its rigorous sentiment, played with a miraculous naturalness, puts a face and soul on all hapless men and women living out their last years in anonymous despair..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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