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The Icicle Thief (1989)
"Ladri di saponette" (original title)

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A movie resembling Bicycle Thieves (1948) is shown on TV, but the real-life world gets muddled with the film and the TV commercials.

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Himself / Antonio Piermattei
Caterina Sylos Labini ...
Maria Piermattei
Federico Rizzo ...
Bruno Piermattei
Renato Scarpa ...
Don Italo
Heidi Komarek ...
The Model
Carlina Torta ...
TV-watching Mother
Massimo Sacilotto ...
TV-watching Father
Claudio G. Fava ...
Himself
Lella Costa ...
TV Secretary
Marco Zannoni ...
TV Technician
Anna Maria Torniai ...
TV Sewer
Clara Droetto ...
TV Makeup Artist
Ernesto Calindri ...
Himself
Matteo Auguardi ...
Paolo Piermattei
Salvatore Landolina ...
Sergeant
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The director Maurizio Nichetti is invited by a TV studio to introduce a screening of his best-known film, the neo-realist classic 'Ladri di saponette'. But Nichetti is horrified to discover that his black-and-white tale of life in poverty is constantly interrupted by garish colour commercials, and even more horrified when a power cut in the studio causes film and commercials to be mixed up -a glamorous model finds herself in the arms of an unemployed pauper, while his wife finds herself in consumer heaven. So Nichetti has to break into the film to try to sort everything out Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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24 August 1990 (USA)  »

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$1,231,622 (USA)
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This movie makes extensive references to Bicycle Thieves (1948), starting with the title. This is done through a movie within the movie, sharing the same title and also using characters resembling those from the older film in name and appearance. "Ladri di Biciclette" means "The Bicycle Thieves"; while that is sometimes used as an English title, it is better known as "The Bicycle Thief". The Italian title of this newer movie, "Ladri di saponette", is a play on "Ladri di Biciclette"; it means "The Soap Thieves", and this apparently refers to the dialogue where Maria tells Bruno not to use up all the soap when washing his hands, remarking to Antonio that he must be eating it. The English title of the newer movie, "The Icicle Thief", has no relation to the Italian title but instead is a play on "The Bicycle Thief". It is tied to the movie through three lines of dialogue referring to chandeliers (one of them stolen during the movie) so sparkly they look "like icicles" - but this word occurs only in the English subtitles! The corresponding Italian dialogue does not use the word "ghiaccioli" meaning icicles at all. It refers to other sparkly objects: twice to "pèrle" meaning pearls, and once to "gocce" meaning drops of water. See more »

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Film Director: Where's the bicycle?
Bruno Piermattei: I sold it.
Film Director: Sold it? But with those bicycle wheels, you were supposed to make a wheelchair for your paralyzed father.
Bruno Piermattei: My father's quite well.
Film Director: Too bad! He should have been hit by a truck while riding home from the factory with the chandelier on the handlebars and your mommy should be whoring to feed the family.
Bruno Piermattei: What's that?
Film Director: You wouldn't know. You're too little. You and your brother should be in the orphanage.
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13 February 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Funny *and* intelligent? When was the last time you could say that about a movie?! A feast for any serious move lover. A shocking indictment of televisual culture and product placement ("Is this the movie or is this the advert?"), this is an amazing, incredible, vital, sharp, witty and telling critique of post-modern society. Lame? Not at all - with slapstick humour and more than enough intellectual depth to keep even the most ardent academic entangled for weeks (intertextuality, postmodernism, surrealism, etc. etc.), this film has something for everybody. For the simple film-goer, its a light hearted comedy, with cues from the Marx brothers, Chaplin and the age-old traditions of slapstick comedy. For the more serious viewer, the sheer depth of the director's passion for cinema shines through. I haven't a bad thing to say about this film... please see it.


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