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In this episode, I talk about Vittorio De Sica’s classic 1952 Italian Neorealist film, “Umberto D.” It’s about an elderly man trying to evade eviction against the backdrop of post-World War II Italy. As his life becomes more precarious and desperate, he clings to his only companion, his dog Flike, and struggles to survive. I talk about Italian Neorealism, why this film moves me so much, and more. At the beginning of the episode, I also reflect on this being my 100th episode! I’m thankful for all my listeners.
Full Show Notes
- Criterion Collection edition of UMBERTO D.
- Martin Scorsese’s MY VOYAGE TO ITALY
- Italian Neorealism: Rebuilding the Cinematic City (Short Cuts) by Mark Shiel
- “Seeing Clearly Through Tears: On the Smart Sentiment of Umberto D.” by Stuart Klawans (Criterion.com)
- “Umberto D.” by Peter Becker (Criterion.com)
- Review of Umberto D. by Roger Ebert