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  • Summary: This 50th Anniversary restoration and re-release of Vitorio Di Sica's 1952 film, considered a masterpiece of Italian neo-realism, portrays a hero of everday life.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. A film that lets life flood into our souls.
  2. The credo of Italy's fabled neorealist movement was that movies rooted in real, unadorned experience carry more dramatic impact than studio concoctions can dream of, and this 1952 masterpiece exemplifies that argument brilliantly.
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    100
    One of the greatest films of all time and one of the handful of masterpieces to emerge from the Italian neo-realist period, Umberto D is as cerebral as it is emotional, as bleak as it is warm.
  4. This is truly a great film, recently celebrated at length in "My Voyage to Italy," Martin Scorsese's documentary about Italian cinema.
  5. Universally appealing story that plays as well now as it did on opening day a half-century ago. Maybe better.
  6. De Sica's 1952 neorealist masterpiece; it's a stark snapshot in which all is revealed about the "daily life of mankind," as the director once offered by way of description.
  7. It's too bad that the film is sporadically crude (a moment of suicidal angst is illustrated with a shove-zoom to the pavement), prone to mega-Italian extroversion, and far too in love with stupid pet tricks.

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  1. PrabhatS
    Sep 17, 2006
    10
    De Sica is superb in narrating a tale which is beyond the boundaries of time. Umberto still lives with us, in our times, in our society. His De Sica is superb in narrating a tale which is beyond the boundaries of time. Umberto still lives with us, in our times, in our society. His story moves and keeps us moving. Expand

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