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December 10, 2012


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Dom De Luca

To each his own, then.

Of all the neo-realist films I've seen so far, this one is by far the loveliest.

Spare, economical in both image and dialogue, Umberto D. is one of the finest hymns to humanity that movie making has to offer.

Did not feel bludgeoned by anything - sight or sound.

As far as "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu", the less said the better.


I've never been convinced by the inordinate amount of critical praise heaped upon Umberto D. and Bicycle Thieves. While they're certainly not bad, they've always seemed to me rather grossly sentimental and more than a little manipulative. I far prefer the thematically similar The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, which adopts the same 'realist' aesthetic without ever descending into Dickensian melodrama.

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