The Passionate Thief (Risate DI Gioia)


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Film Info
Original Title:Risate DI Gioia
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Program:Italian Film Festival
Virtual Cinema
Release Year:1960
Runtime:106 min
English subtitles
Website:Official Website
Director:Mario Monicelli
Producer:Silvio Clementelli
Cinematographer:Leonida Barboni
Screenwriter:Suso Cecchi D’Amico
Agenore Incrocci
Furio Scarpelli
Mario Monicelli
Editor:Adriana Novelli
Composer:Lelio Luttazzi
Principal Cast:Anna Magnani
Ben Gazzara
Fred Clark
Edy Vessel
Gina Rovere
Toni Ucci
Mac Ronay
Carlo Pisacane


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LIVE FILM DISCUSSION with Prof. Federico Pacchioni, coauthor of the newest edition of Peter Bondanella's A History of Italian Cinema. Saturday, February 27, 6:00 PM CST.


New Year's Eve in Roma. Everyone hurries to leave work and finalize plans for the evening. Serendipitously three unlikely companions end up spending the night together, jumping from one party to another and scoring the streets of the Eternal City, but with very different goals in mind. Tortorella (Anna Magnani), an extra at Cinecittà who dreams of being a star hopes to partake in some high-class festivity; Lello (Ben Gazzara), a professional thief who is looking for opportunities to steal amidst crowded parties; and Infortunio (Totò), a harmless and old fashion con man who is caught between being Lello’s accomplice and entertaining Tortorella. As their personal ambitions and dramas collide, their deeper humanity comes gradually to the surface.

Ten years after his death, IFF celebrates Italy’s maestro of commedia all’Italiana: Mario Monicelli. Anna Magnani, a muse for directors Pasolini, Rossellini and Visconti just to name a few, is one of the greatest acting geniuses of Italian cinema, and the first Italian to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Antonio de Curtis, best known by his stage name Totò, is commonly referred to as one of the most popular Italian performers of all time.


Mario Monicelli - Director

Director Mario Monicelli (Rome, 1915 - Rome 2010) was one of the masters of the golden years of Italian cinema. During his long and prolific career, he collaborated with some of the most talented actors and writers that Italy had to offer. Especially memorable were his commedie all’italiana – among which are I soliti ignoti (1958), La grande guerra (1959), L’armata Brancaleone (1966) and Amici miei (1975) – which were celebrated as instant classics both nationally and abroad. Among Monicelli’s numerous Oscar nominations and awards, is a life-time achievement award at the Venice Film Festival in 1991.

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