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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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
I just had the extreme pleasure of seeing this classic comedy at a special retrospective at the National Gallery of Art. Anna Magnani almost steals the movie from our man Toto. Ben Gazzara is wonderful as a small-time crook who is stuck with Toto as his accomplice as they plan to steal small items during the New Year's festivities in town. However, our heroine constantly seems to be messing up the best laid plans of our two criminal friends.
This film uses the time-honored technique of having the audience identify with some real sympathy with our characters but we must laugh as everything goes wrong with everyone's plans for both the New Year's eve celebration, the robbery plans and life in general.
I do not know if this film is on video or if any of the classic films with Toto are on video. However, anyone who values great comedic filmmaking should make the effort to see this film. It simply does not get better than this.
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