Umberto D.

Title: Umberto D.
Year: 1952 (Italy), 1955 (US)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Writer: Cesare Zavattini
Starring: Carlo Battisti, Maria-Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari
Music: Alessandro Cicognini
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Story (1957); currently #182 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: an old guy with no money wants to kill himself, but can’t because he has a dog
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), July 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for cinematography and special effects/design) c. 3.2/4 (Very good).

It didn’t do much for me while watching it; I didn’t really get where they were going with it. But thinking about it since then, it’s grown on me a lot.


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