#349: Umberto D.

7m4u4bmphblzaqk22ojahuulben#349 – Umberto D., 1952, Vittorio De Sica

When elderly pensioner Umberto Domenico Ferrari returns to his boarding house from a protest calling for a hike in old-age pensions, his landlady demands her 15,000-lire rent by the end of the month or he and his small dog will be turned out onto the street. Unable to get the money in time, Umberto fakes illness to get sent to a hospital, giving his beloved dog to the landlady’s pregnant and abandoned maid for temporary safekeeping.

#935: Bandits of Orgosolo

fx0lcqojly0ve2nxeq6hwd5gnh#935 – Bandits of Orgosolo, (Banditi a Orgosolo), 1961, Vittorio De Seta

A Sardinian peasant is implicated in the murder of a policeman and, although innocent, he doesn’t give himself up, lacking faith in the judicial system and fearing that he may lose his sheep while awaiting trial. He leaves for the mountains with his brother but life is difficult and his flock dies. Returning to the town he discovers his family in abject poverty. He procures a gun and, forced by his social predicament, resorts to banditry.