Umberto D. is available on The Criterion Collection from 15th August 2022.
This neorealist masterpiece by VITTORIO DE SICA (Bicycle Thieves) follows the daily life of an elderly pensioner as he struggles to make ends meet during Italy’s postwar economic recovery. Alone except for his dog, Flike, Umberto is determined to maintain his dignity in a city where human kindness seems to have been swallowed up by the forces of modernization. His simple quest to satisfy his most fundamental needs—food, shelter, companionship—makes for one of the most heart-breaking stories ever filmed, and an essential classic of world cinema.
ITALY | 1952 | 89 MINUTES | BLACK & WHITE | 1.37:1 | ITALIAN
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- That’s Life: Vittorio De Sica, a fifty-five-minute documentary made for Italian television in 2001
- Video interview with actress Maria Pia Casilio from 2003
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Stuart Klawans and reprinted recollections by De Sica and Carlo Battisti, who plays Umberto D.