Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973)
"La proprietà non è più un furto" (original title)

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Complete credited cast:
The Butcher
Daria Nicolodi ...
Mario Scaccia ...
Alessandro Marzo 'Albertone'
Orazio Orlando ...
Brigadier Pirelli
Bank Director
Cecilia Polizzi ...
Jacques Herlin ...
Bank Employee
Ada Pometti ...
Pierluigi D'Orazio
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
Protester (as Luigi Guerra)
Gino Milli ...
Paco (as Luigi Proietti)
Salvo Randone ...
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Release Date:

3 October 1973 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

El amargo deseo de la propiedad  »

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Italian censorship visa # 62682 delivered on 28-6-1973. See more »


References Tout va bien (1972) See more »

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progressive Italian surrealism
11 August 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

If you want to know what marxism-madrakism is, don't miss this movie! A great example of smart and politicized Italian cinema of the seventies, a real cult in my opinion. The main character is a sort of modern times psychopathic robin-hood whom works as a clerk in a bank, but is allergic to money! At a certain point he is so exasperated that he decides that he must mine rich people's private property in order to give a shock to their lives. His main target is a rich butcher (Ugo Tognazzi), but he decides not to steal his money, but things that he needs more: his butcher knife, tool of his trade, his hat, his woman... In the meantime, he enters the dark world of delinquency meeting a professional thief which he manages to blackmail so that he can help him in his misdoings. Between the world of marxist idealism and pure delinquency, the whole story is fantastic and unreal, with references to Fromm's "Life between having and being". The character would like to "have" (money and things) but in the same moment he also wants to "be" (save his personality), but he undesrtands that it's impossible ("This is the problem!", he repeats) . The final is also fantastic, with the thief's funeral in which a great Gigi Proietti gives us a monologue on the importance of thiefs in society. A must for lovers of the genre.

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