The Passionate Thief (Italy)

Pre-screening performance begins at 7PM, Film begins at sundown

The Passionate Thief (Italy)
Directed by Mario Monicelli; 1960, 105 mins.
Programmed by Film Forum.

This recently restored Italian comedy classic follows an all-night New Year’s Eve in Rome, led by force-of-nature Anna Magnani as a desperate-to-be-noticed movie extra just released from her stint on a swords-and-sandals, cheapo epic at the Cinecittà studio. Glamming out with a blonde wig, silver fox stole, and bespangled evening gown, she quickly falls for dapper pickpocket Ben Gazzara, who enlists her on-the-skids fellow thesp Totò to help roll the revelers. Through the long night, the trio encounter drunken Yank Fred Clark at the Trevi Fountain (in send-up of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita), perform an impromptu music hall turn, wade through an assortment of lavish parties, and peek in at early mass in their festive odyssey across Rome.

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