Top critical review
on January 8, 2015
Very poignant naturalism in this Italian film from 1950's, directed by Vittorio DeSica. It is a character study of an old man who is impoverished, and only has his small dog for a friend, and his trying to make his way in a rapidly modernizing post war Rome. It is slow at times, but when the camera is on Carlo Battisti, as the old man, the film's sincerity is apparent, and as the dog is the only one faithful to his human master, some kind of philosophy must be underlying here, but just short of being pretentious. A decent artsy, foreign film.