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« on: June 08, 2003, 07:37:03 PM »

A classic by the great Italian director Vittorio De Sica. Not only is it a powerful tear-jerker, but it has the greatest performance ever given by an animal: the title character's dog. Just amazing!

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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2008, 08:14:02 PM »

4 1/2 year bump!

Yeah. ****ing great movie, one of De Sica's best.

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2008, 08:36:35 PM »

Agreed.

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2008, 09:50:10 PM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1174049/

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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2008, 08:23:41 PM »

I need to see this movie again, it's a good one. I actually prefer this to that other DeSica neorealist classic.


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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2008, 03:22:29 PM »

I need to see this movie again, it's a good one. I actually prefer this to that other DeSica neorealist classic.


Your opinion is incorrect.

But I'd rank Umberto D just a spot behind bike thief, followed up by Shoeshine.

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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2008, 03:31:48 PM »

No, the only De Sica I admire more is The Garden of the Finzi-Contini's.

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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2008, 04:02:47 PM »

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No, the only De Sica I admire more is The Garden of the Finzi-Contini's.

Watched it last week but couldn't make it beyond first 20 minutes. I understood why I didn't try to watch it all these years. And didn't even read the novel (which should be better than the movie, though). Too sweety and didascalic. Umberto D and Thieves eschew this approach.  And I can't stand Berger and Capolicchio.

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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2008, 02:01:08 PM »

Your opinion is incorrect.

But I'd rank Umberto D just a spot behind bike thief, followed up by Shoeshine.

key word of my post, prefer. Theif is a better movie, I know this. Afro

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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2008, 09:20:40 PM »

Watched it last week but couldn't make it beyond first 20 minutes. I understood why I didn't try to watch it all these years.
But you have to watch it all the way through. There's a big pay-off in the ending, which you can only appreciate by going through the whole thing. This is similar to the way Thieves and Umberto operates, but I find the conclusion of Finzi-Continis much more profound.

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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2008, 10:04:04 PM »

I'll take your word for that. Wink

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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2012, 05:15:26 PM »

60th Anniversary viewing. 10/10. I'm now convinced that this is De Sica's best.

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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2012, 03:26:13 AM »

Of the 4 of De Sica's best known films, this is the one I never managed to watch.
Of the other 3 I prefer The Miracle of Milan (9 or even 10/10) to Shoeshine and  Bicyle Thieves, which are both a bit too sentimental for my taste.

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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2012, 04:33:25 PM »

One of the best achievements in film making, should be seen by everyone. When one sees De Sica in some of his later acting parts
it is sometimes hard to believe he made such fantastic fundamental humanistic comments on the human condition.

It only leaves viewers cold who watch it the wrong day or who have a heart of stone. (That's how I felt when I saw it for
the first time.)

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« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2016, 09:01:44 PM »

Just  saw the Criterion DVD. It's a good movie, I give it a 7/10.

But do not even mention it in the same sentence as The Bicycle Thief.

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