Umberto D


         Umberto D is an extremely good example of the types of films that were being made during the Italian Neorealism period. The storyline alone being about a person’s struggle to overcome poverty while still trying to maintain their Dignity, and self esteem had tremendous historical content for Italy post war. Right from the very beginning the film oozed emotion, each shot more deary then the last. The use of Tableaux shot aided the realist feel of the movie. The dynamics between the characters where naturalist, and displayed some of the social injustices and power struggle that were felt by many during that time. What I enjoyed the most was the use of sound and its score during the heartfelt sequences especially in the final scene where is looking for someone to take his dog and tries to distract him and hide with the tearful music stringing along in the background , then his “almost attempt of suicide” when the all you hear is the roaring sound of the oncoming train that seems like is going to end his suffering. This captivating melodrama can bring a grown man to tears. The lack of a conventional “happy ending” only makes the film more true to life essentially gaining what Vitorrio De Sica was trying to accomplish.

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