I am really surprised by how Umberto D. has grown on me. When I first read that we were going to watch the film I asked from family and friends if they knew of it. The only one who did was my step mother and from what she could remember of it, I did not think I would enjoy it.
But I was very surprised. I really did enjoy it. I find it ironic how a film that has a much more simple plot then most blockbusters of modern day could be as gripping and interesting as it was. I think I was really surprised by how much I cared about what happened to Umberto and little Flike. I think that the fact that the film focused on Umberto and his dog instead of the much broader situation going on in Italy at the time really allowed it to take on a personal feeling and allowed the viewer to really connect with the film and the characters….
…Which is something that really does not happen to much these days in film. Over and over again we are presented with unbelievable characters going through unbelievable circumstances concluding in an unbelievable ending. Umberto D was a real treat for me in that it really served to show me that films could be much more than the blockbusters of which I have grown tired of.
I was also interested by the detail in which the film gave to sound. For some reason when I thought of “Realism,” I thought of low production value, but I was wrong. Of course the film didn’t make use of all kinds of things that our technology today gives us access to, but I was surprised by how well it did what it presented.
In addition, I really enjoyed how De Sica portrayed the differences in class and how the different classes interact with one another. But because we were viewing the film through the eyes of Umberto we see his landlady as the antagonist of the film. I find it interesting how that if the film was shot from her perspective Umberto would be just another old penniless (or really lira-less) man for which no one cares.
Oh and lastly, cute cute dog. 🙂
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