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Umberto D - Preview

Umberto D

Preview by Jack Foley

CULTFilms is set to release a newly re-mastered version of a world cinema classic from one of the world’s finest filmmakers: Vittorio De Sica’s highly acclaimed masterpiece Umberto D.

The film will make its debut on UK Blu-ray as well as DVD and digital release in April 2017, complete with all new special features and distinctive collector’s packaging.

Umberto D surpasses even Bicycle Thieves in many critics’ opinions, and has been acknowledged as one of the greatest films of all-time. It arrives in stunning HD on Blu-ray as well as DVD and digital release on April 24, 2017.

A heartfelt portrait of an impoverished retired civil servant, played with aplomb by the perfectly cast Carlo Battisti in his first acting role, who lives in a rented room in post war Rome with only his beloved dog and a teenage housemaid as companions.

Faced with eviction when he can’t keep up with his rent, the old man struggles to make ends meet and maintain his dignity, but his growing despair leads him to contemplate suicide.

Written by De Sica’s long-standing collaborator, Cesare Zavattini, Umberto D’s depiction of poverty, old age and loneliness – far from being a recipe for bleakness – is bursting with life affirming qualities.

Despite international acclaim with Cannes and Oscar nominations, it was castigated by the Italian government for airing the country’s ‘dirty laundry’ in public. Today, the film is universally considered not only as the apex of Italian neorealism but as one of cinema’s masterpieces with a profound influence on generations of filmmakers.

Presented in its new restored version, Umberto D’s life-affirming tale is as pertinent today as when it was made.

Special features include an exclusive documentary, Vittorio D – a tribute to multi-awarded maestro filmmaker De Sica, a milestone of cinema history. It features contributions from Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach.

Win Umberto D on Blu-ray

To celebrate the release of Umberto D on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday, April 24, 2017, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Umberto D?

Simply send the answer to Umberto D competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email