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Umberto D in September

Nouveaux Pictures have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Umberto D for 27th September 2004 priced at £19.99. The winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1955 and Oscar-nominated for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story, Vittorio De Sica's (Bicycle Thieves) Umberto D is considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made.

Scripted by De Sica's regular collaborator Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves; Shoe Shine; Indiscretion), UMBERTO D tells the heartbreaking story of the eponymous Umberto Domenico Ferrari, superbly portrayed by non-professional actor and former college professor Carlo Battisti. Retired civil servant Umberto struggles to survive on his rapidly dwindling pension in the harsh environment of post-World War II Rome, a city plagued by its society's total disregard for the plight of the elderly, the poor and the downtrodden. His only companions are his loyal dog, Flag, and a pregnant housemaid named Maria (Maria-Pia Casilio). Facing eviction from his humble home by his tyrannical landlady (Lina Gennari), Umberto's desperate, failed attempts to raise money lead him to contemplate suicide. But first he must find a home for his little dog.

Filmed on location in Rome with a totally non-professional cast, Vittorio De Sica's compassionate but unsentimental handling of Umberto's tale devastatingly conveys the wretchedness of poverty and old age. UMBERTO D is a deeply emotional and moving film that has quite rightly been hailed as a timeless classic of modern cinema.

Digitally remastered from a restored print, the disc will also include a documentary on writer Cesare Zavattini.

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