Umberto D

(Vittorio deSica, 1952). DeSica's last major neo-realist work, this poignant and pessimistic film about the solitude of an elderly poor pensioner whose only friend is a little fox terrier seems a tad contrived these days, although its cinematography by the great Aldo is beyond reproach.
Sat., July 11, 8:30 p.m.; Mon., July 13, 4:30 p.m., 2009
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