Thursday, September 2, 2010
Coming September 13: Umberto D (1952)
Our inaugural film is foreign, from the 50s, and might involve the euthanization of a beloved pet dog. Awesome. Umberto D is the follow up to director Vittorio De Sica’s and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini’s classic in Italian neorealism, The Bicycle Thief, aka, the go-to movie to reference if being pretentious is your goal. Umberto features nonprofessional actors and I’m guessing a pretty transparent political critique, as the plot centers around the titular character’s fervent love for a dog he can barely afford to feed. Ten bucks that the director of Wendy and Lucy is a big fan.