65 years ago released the film Umberto D, a masterpiece of Italian cinema
The January 20, 1952 was released the film Umberto D by Vittorio De Sica, a masterpiece of Italian neorealism.
The film is definitely one of the best results of the collaboration between De Sica and Cesare Zavattini, who edited the story and screenplay of the film.
A raw and realistic representation of the economic and existential discomfort of pensioner Umberto Domenico Ferrari.
For thirty years, official at the Ministry of Public Works receives a pension with which fails to live.
He fights between indifference and cruelty of a deaf society in the face of its difficulties. Among slothful or unscrupulous characters.
He suffers the humiliation of poverty with the aggravating circumstance of his dignity that prevents him from even asking for alms like any beggar.
His only solace is love for his Flaik dog. Just that love will prevent him from committing suicide at the end when he is tired and wants to end it.
The film aroused great critical acclaim, but was not a commercial success.
The main character is played effectively by Carlo Battisti. Battisti was not a professional actor but a professor of linguistics at the University of Florence. Umberto D remains the only film in which he starred.
The film obtained the Nomination to Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival in 1952 and the Nomination to Academy Award for Best subject. It won in 1955 the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Film (Italy).
The film was put on the list of 100 Italian films to be saved, "100 films that changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978"
The film was shot in Rome, in many places of the center. The level crossing where Umberto D goes to groped suicide is instead in Palo Laziale - Ladispoli (RM).
Below is a gallery of images with the main places where the film is set.