Vittorio De Sica Neo-Realist film -UMBERTO D – released on dvd

Umberto DUMBERTO D. (U) 1953 ITALY SICA, VITTORIO DE £19.99
Umberto, a lonely retired civil servant, manages to survive on his inadequate pension but is driven to the brink of suicide, only to realise that their would be no one to look after his dog if he took his life.

This Neo-Realist film was for years banned in Italy as it was seen as subversive and painted a negative picture of the country.

In Italian with English subtitles.

Some other De Sica films on dvd

bicycle-thievesLADRI DI BICICLETTE/BICYCLE THIEVES (U) 1948 ITALY SICA, VITTORIO DE £15.99
Oscar winning story of a poor man whose bicycle is stolen and he and his son search Rome for it.

In Italian with English subtitles.

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two-womenLA CIOCIARA /TWO WOMEN (15) 1960 ITALY DE SICA, VITTORIO DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
1943 a woman and her teenage daughter travel form war torn Rome to her native village of Ciociaria. When the allies arrive they travel back to Rome and experience the horrors of war that they had hoped to escape.

In Italian with English subtitles.

my-voyage-to-italyIL MIO VIAGGIO IN ITALIA/MY VOYAGE TO ITALY (12) 1999 £12.99
Martin Scorsese presents this documentary in which he discusses Italian films that have had an impact on him. The programme takes a look at films by Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, Fellini and Antonioni in the context of emotion, style, staging, technique, politics and cinematic influence.

In Italian with English subtitles.

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