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In Reply to: RE: Umberto D posted by Victor Khomenko on April 27, 2018 at 06:45:24
I must check out Umberto D and it is a mystery that it has slipped through the cracks. Bicycle Thief remains one of the most important films for me personally, and it is rightfully included in most lists of the top ten films of all time. The pacing is extraordinary and is such a neo-realist classic that it borders on the documentary. The acting and direction is such that the gesture is more important than the dialogue--a directing and acting skill that it rapidly fading into oblivion.
It seems that Netflix has recently expanded their DVD offerings in the foreign and classical department, which is a welcome development.
GENERAL DELLA ROVERE
(1959, Roberto Rossellini) In wartime Genoa, swindler De Sica keeps multiple fraudulent schemes and two girlfriends going, until German colonel Hannes Messemer (The Great Escape) throws him into prison posing as the legendary Della Rovere, in order to rat out a Resistance leader prisoner — but what if De Sica starts to live the General's role? Based on an actual story, a triumph for De Sica, and Rossellini's big comeback. "My best role... by a director I revere." - De Sica. Approx. 138 min. 35mm.
"De Sica's most enduring screen performance."
- The New York Times
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