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Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973)

La proprietà non è più un furto (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 October 1973 (Italy)
A bank cashier, who's allergic to banknotes, quits his job after an armed robbery. He decides to start a new life, as a thief. He starts by targeting a popular former client, a butcher. But being a neurotic Marxist has its drawbacks.


Elio Petri


Elio Petri (story and screenplay), Ugo Pirro (story and screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Ugo Tognazzi ... Macellaio
Flavio Bucci ... Total
Daria Nicolodi ... Anita
Mario Scaccia ... Alessandro 'Albertone' Marzo
Orazio Orlando ... Brigadiere Pirelli
Julien Guiomar ... Direttore Banca
Cecilia Polizzi Cecilia Polizzi ... Mafalda
Jacques Herlin ... Impiegato Banca
Ada Pometti Ada Pometti ... Domestica
Pierluigi D'Orazio Pierluigi D'Orazio ... Complice Albertone
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Protestante (as Luigi Guerra)
Gino Milli Gino Milli ... Zaganè
Gigi Proietti ... Paco (as Luigi Proietti)
Salvo Randone ... Padre di Total


Total, a young bank cashier, has been wondering for some time if his life, with its grey, dismal prospect, is worth living. He is aware of the illicit careers and rise to riches of many of his clients. He decide to start a new life : new clothes, new cars, new women. His "new look" begins discreetly, a few small robberies in supermarkets, progressing to more important fraud.

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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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Property is No Longer a Theft' (1973) is a darkly comedic assault on bourgeoisie sensibilities!
30 August 2020 | by Weirdling_WolfSee all my reviews

In this final installment of "the neurosis' trilogy", hugely respected Italian director, Elio Petri's stunning satire 'Property is No Longer a Theft' (1973) is a darkly comedic assault on bourgeoisie sensibilities that sadly seems more than a little relevant 40 years on, and is thoroughly deserving of the lavishly restored, absolutely essential Arrow Academy Bluray, which lavishly presents the exceptionally intelligent 'Property is No Longer a Theft' in so gloriously a vivid fashion as to highlight the uncommon perspicacity of the timeless premise! Flawless performances from the immaculate cast of Italian screen icons: Ugo Tognazzi, Flavio Bucci and Daria Nocolodi, a firebrand, remarkably literate script, visually inventive filmmaking by iconoclast Petri, and, lastly, but by no means beastly, the impeccable Morricone score is yet another sublime triumph from the unrivaled musical maestro! Now happily rescued from the ignominy of cinematic redundancy, Petri's wholly enigmatic thriller resolutely retains its considerable power to delight all those who have the good fortune to see track it down.

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