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The Passionate Thief (1960)
"Risate di gioia" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  21 October 1960 (Italy)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Gioia 'Tortorella' Fabbricotti
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Umberto 'Infortunio' Pennazzuto
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Lello
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L'americano
Edy Vessel ...
La ragazza
Gina Rovere ...
Mimì
Toni Ucci ...
L'amico di Milena
Kurt Polter
Mac Ronay ...
Il guidatore della metropolitana
Alberto De Amicis
Gianni Bonagura
Rik Van Nutter
Dori Dorika ...
Milena
Peppino De Martino
Marcella Rovena
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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 Miriam Kramer

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Gioia's character surname, Fabbricotti, comes from a famous Tuscan family, which owned a huge villa in Livorno (presently, it hosts the Municipal Library). See more »

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Geppina Gepi
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Written by Francesco Saverio Mangieri
Performed by Anna Magnani and Totò
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A Splash Of Greatness
6 September 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

A friend had a wonderful idea. After the depressing presence of the Italian entries at this 2007 Venice Film Festival, he suggested to get together around a table with good food and wine a watch a movie, an Italian movie and not one of the usual masterpieces that we all talk about all the time. He chose Mario Monicelli's "Risate Di Gioa" with Anna Magnani, Totò and Ben Gazzara. Oh my God! All of a sudden it became one of my favorite films of all time. It all takes place during a New Year's eve in Rome and I'm at a loss for words trying to explain the brilliance of this dark "minor" Italian comedy. A blonde Anna Magnani plays a film extra at the Cinecitta studios and Totò a petty thief in white tie and tails. Funny, moving, extraordinary in some many ways. Why have we moved so far away from this? Can somebody explain it?


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