I heard of the film "Umberto D" from Osprey, and sent for it. Tonight I saw it and it was a terribly sad story of an old man and his little dog, desperate and destitute. I did not know I was going to see a story of a DOG (!!! SUCKER FOR DOGS !!!).
Thank God, the dog chooses life, not knowing he and the man are in dire straits, but otherwise it was unrelievedly despairing. It was one of those stories I say "start bad and get worse", and yet it was beautiful and moving.