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6. "Umberto D." (1952)
Vittorio De Sica arrived at Cannes in 1952 as the festival's reigning champion: his neo-realist fantasy fable "Miracle in Milan" had shared the Grand Prize (the festival's top honor until the Palme d'Or was christened in 1955) the previous year, so it's understandable if the all-French jury thought he could rest on his laurels for a year. Unfortunately, De Sica's new entry, his heartbreaking man-and-dog tale "Umberto D.," proved the more substantial and enduring achievement. (The Grand Prize, meanwhile, was shared between fellow Italian Renato Castellani's "Two Cents' Worth of Hope" and Orson Welles's "Othello.")
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