On New Year's Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally she runs ...
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While awaiting Production Code seal approval in the USA this Italian-made production went through three American distributors in three years; first Motion Picture Sales Corporation that ... See full summary »
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On New Year's Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year's party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally she runs into an old acting acquaintance (Toto), who is helping a professional pickpocket (Ben Gazzara) steal from people during the hustle-bustle of New Year's Eve festivities. During the course of the evening, they have numerous crazy, humorous adventures all over Rome at different parties, restaurants, and even the Trevi fountain. Magnani's character (Tortorella) falls for Gazzara's character (Lello) without knowing what he's up to, while Toto tries to placate them both. Written by
New Year's Eve in Rome. Three lonely character who lie about their solitude to everyone even to themselves. Deep down is that solitude and a a sense of rejection what throws them together. Magnani, as a blonde film extra that has Kim Novak as her model, Totò as a pathetic, old petty con-man and Ben Gazzara as a young, good looking and relatively inept thief, will join forces at cross purposes in a film that is, simultaneously, outrageously funny and deeply moving. Anna Magnani had already won an Oscar for "The Rose Tattoo" and this was a return home and a a new chapter in her collaboration with her old friend Antonio De Curtis, known as Totò. They are magic together and Mario Monicelli knows how to choreograph the sequences for this two amazing artists. The crowded scenes inside a Hotel Restaurant during the party leading to midnight and a new year are absolutely sensational. Not to be missed.
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