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The Mona Lisa Has Been Stolen (1966)

Il ladro della Gioconda (original title)
Vincent, the framer, get a job as an apprentice, but really wants to steel Mona Lisa...


Michel Deville


Nina Companeez (adaptation), Michel Deville (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Credited cast:
Marina Vlady ... Nicole
George Chakiris ... Vincent
Paul Frankeur ... Lemercier, l'encadreur
Jean Lefebvre ... Le gardien
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Le conservateur du Louvres
Margaret Lee ... Marie-Christine Lemercier
Gianrico Tedeschi ... Gaspard, l'inspecteur de Police parisien
Alberto Bonucci Alberto Bonucci ... L'illusioniste
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi ... Germain
Renzo Palmer ... Le voleur de tableaux
Alberto Sorrentino Alberto Sorrentino ... le domestique et chauffeur de Vincent
Renato Terra
Mino Doro ... (as Mino d'Oro)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Corrado Annicelli Corrado Annicelli
Fortunato Arena Fortunato Arena ... Romeo's Servant


Vincent, the framer, get a job as an apprentice, but really wants to steel Mona Lisa...

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Light and breezy caper from a master filmmaker.
8 January 2005 | by Gordon-MSee all my reviews

Michel Deville is perhaps the most underrated French filmmaker alive today. His films are marked by a deft, intelligent style; the editing and transition scenes in his films is often stunning: dialogue scenes are always zippy and fresh, especially in La Lectrice (1988) and the superb, Death in a French Garden (1986).

On a Vole La Joconde, as the film is known in France (The Mona Lisa Has Been Stolen in English-speaking nations) is a light a breezy caper film in the best tradition of the subgenre, which was very popular in the late 50s and early 60s, with hits like Big Deal on Madonna Street and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) springing first to mind.

What makes the film so appealing is Chakiris' laconic, confident performance which sits well with the overall tone of the film; danger is never present, yet one is intrigued as to how and when the famous portrait will be stolen and who will finally get their hands on it. Slapstick abounds once things get going, but it never becomes overbearing.

Marina Vlady gives a coy but sexy performance and her rapport with Chakiris is delightful.

Even with fluff, Deville's style is invigorating and The Mona Lisa Has Been Stolen is a fun, sexy caper, beautifully shot in scope by Massimo Dallamano; this was his last film; he shot Leone's A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More.

Available on DVD in the UK in anamorphic widescreen.

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Release Date:

February 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

On a volé la Joconde See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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