The Passionate Thief



Castro Theatre Sat, Sep 24, 2016 10:00 PM
Film Info
Running Time:106 min.
English subtitles
Director:Mario Monicelli
Producer:Silvio Clementelli
Screenwriter:Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Agenore Incrocci
Mario Monicelli
Furio Scarpelli
Cinematographer:Leonida Barboni
Piero Portalupi
Paul Ronald
Editor:Adriana Novelli
Cast:Anna Magnani
Ben Gazzarra
Fred Clark


For The Passionate Thief, Totò was reunited with his revue costar of the forties, Anna Magnani, whom he revered. An adaptation of two novels by Alberto Moravia, this film depicts the failed illusions of two broken-down bit players at Cinecittà. The marvelous Magnani portrays a hapless would-be actress who becomes implicated in a theft by a retired extra (Totò) and a young pickpocket (Ben Gazzara) with whom she falls in love. Time Out New York called this, one of Monicelli’s most beloved comedies, “fun and frothy… It’s like a long night of champagne without the hangover.”

35mm film print from Istituto Luce Cinecittà.