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Umberto D. (1952)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Umberto D. (1952, It.)

In Vittorio De Sica's classic Italian New Wave tearjerker:

  • the melodramatic plight of elderly retired pensioner Umberto Domenico Ferrari (Carlo Battisti), whose slashed monthly pension caused his heartless and tyrannical landlady (Lina Gennari) to evict him to rent out his room to prostitutes and their johns
  • the close-knit, dependent relationship between Umberto and his faithful spotted terrier Flike
  • Umberto's touching lone friendship and relationship with caring young pregnant house-maid Maria (Maria-Pia Casilio) of the boarding house - with the transcendent scene of her morning routine in the kitchen making coffee
  • the tearjerking, ambiguous ending in which Umberto, unable to give away his dog, contemplated suicide by stepping in front of a speeding train near a park while holding Flike -- the dog yelped and squirmed away before Umberto could step in front of the train, and for the first time, ran away in abject fear from his beloved master
  • Umberto coaxed the forgiving Flike back to him by having the dog perform tricks with a pine cone ("Flike, look at the pinecone. Come on, here, boy. Come on, stand up")
  • he played with the dog (trained to stand on its hind legs) in a long shot as the film ended, despite having no place to stay and no income

Evicted by Heartless Landlady

Umberto with Dog Flike

Suicide Attempt With Flike In His Arms

Flike Coaxed Back With Tricks


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