Essential Cinema: Comedy Italian Style


Directed by Mario Monicelli

Italy, 1960, 1h 46min, DCP, In Italian with English subtitles

Essential Cinema  Comedy Italian Style

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While not a household name, Mario Monicelli was one of the true masters of the Commedia All’Italiana, combining the astute observational power of a born ironist with the comedic abandon of a man drunk on the possibilities of cinema. THE PASSIONATE THIEF takes place over the course of a single New Year’s Eve in which we are introduced to a suave pickpocket (Ben Gazzara), his elderly lookout man (Toto), and the old man’s dream woman, a brash and blonde-wigged movie extra (Anna Magnani) who throws their plans into chaos.

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PRIORITY Passionate Thief

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