It has been a few weeks since I watched this film and wanted to reflect on it then but couldn't for many reasons which are likely just excuses. Moving on. Vittoria De Sica's Umberto D is part of the Criterion Collection, which includes other such powerful directors as Ingmar Bergman. The film is in Italian with subtitles and deals with the deconstruction of the pride and life of a man named Umberto D and his dog, Flike. What is striking about this film are some of the cinematographic moments, frames and lighting, as well as the narrative that unfolds. I think perhaps now in this economy, in this climate of Kingdom thinking, the movements of the film may resonate tremendously within the Western culture. I would really love to hear the reflection of others who have watched this, and what you make of the fluid moral and ethical storyline. If you need an intro to the Criterion Collection, I would still recommend "The Seventh Seal" by Bergman, but this might be a fitting intro as well.
The reason anyone should watch this is the unbelievable perspective it gives toward how industrialization and post-war economies are capable of completely annihilating human life, until it takes unlikely saviors to pull people back from total collapse.
listening: radiohead "2+2=4"