This Italian film which was directed in 1952 by Vittorio De Sica is part of the Itallian Neo Realist
film movement. Italian Neo Realism is a kind of film making that came up after World War II as studios
were unable to afford large production. Films directors used unprofessional actor and shot
people in real location to cut cost. They also dealt with stories about the difficult economical
and moral conditions of post-World War II Italy.
Vittorio De Sica
Umberto D is a beautiful yet sad film that follows an old retired civil servant who is desperately
trying to maintain a decent standard of living on a rapidly dwindling state pension. But he's up
against his tyrannical landlady, who keeps demanding rent that he can't pay (while renting his
room out to prostitutes during the day), and his only friends are the pregnant housemaid and his
little dog Flike.
It is interesting to know that the director chose to name the leadcharacter of this
film after his own father.
"The high quality of this motion picture, brought to eloquent life in a
country scarred by war, is proof to the world that the creative spirit can triumph over adversity."