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The Icicle Thief (1989)

Ladri di saponette (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 24 August 1990 (USA)
A movie resembling Bicycle Thieves (1948) is shown on TV, but the real-life world gets muddled with the film and the TV commercials.

Director:

Maurizio Nichetti

Writers:

Maurizio Nichetti (story), Mauro Monti (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurizio Nichetti ... Himself / Antonio Piermattei
Caterina Sylos Labini ... Maria Piermattei
Federico Rizzo Federico Rizzo ... Bruno Piermattei
Renato Scarpa ... Don Italo
Heidi Komarek Heidi Komarek ... La modella
Carlina Torta Carlina Torta ... Telespettatrice
Massimo Sacilotto Massimo Sacilotto ... Telespettatore
Claudio G. Fava Claudio G. Fava ... Critico
Lella Costa Lella Costa ... Segretaria TV
Marco Zannoni Marco Zannoni ... Tecnico TV
Anna Maria Torniai Anna Maria Torniai ... Sarta TV (as Annamaria Torniai)
Clara Droetto Clara Droetto ... Truccatrice TV
Ernesto Calindri Ernesto Calindri ... Himself
Matteo Auguardi Matteo Auguardi ... Paolo Piermattei
Salvatore Landolina Salvatore Landolina ... Brigadiere
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Icicle Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,809, 26 August 1990

Gross USA:

$1,231,622

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,231,622
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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some surreal fun
26 January 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Director Maurizio Nichetti is a guest on a TV show. He shows his film which is reminiscent of the neo-realist Italian classic 'The Bicycle Thief' except the man steals a chandelier for his wife. The film is shown along with the commercials. Nichetti is angry that his dialog is cut up by the commercial break and the commercials start effecting the movie. After a power outage, the film and commercials get completely mixed up and Nichetti goes into the screen to tries to fix it.

The black and white movie isn't terribly interesting other than for cinephiles. It gets more and more wacky as the people from the commercials interact with the movie characters. It turns into a little crazy surrealist fun.


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