Umberto D.

Umberto D. (Vittoria de Sica, 1954) Carlo Battisti

An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Vittoria de Sica’s 1954 film is an Italian neo-realist variant on the chick flick, but instead of boy meets girl etc., it’s OAP meets little dog, loses dog, meets dog again etc. It’s the best fictional demonstration of the beneficial effect of a companion animal I can think of.

Garry Gillard | New: 12 March, 2017 | Now: 18 June, 2020