The Passionate Thief

106 mins.
Directed by Mario Monicelli
Italian with subtitles

Playing through January 14.

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In this uproarious Italian comedy, struggling actress Tortorella (Anna Magnani) just wants to have a nice time on New Year's Eve.

But before long she is unwittingly dragged into a night of attempted thievery by her constantly-broke friend Umberto (Totò) and his partner-in-crime for the night Lello (Ben Gazzara).

"The party goes all night in THE PASSIONATE THIEF, a 1960 film from Mario Monicelli that tracks an accidental trio — played by the fantastic, weird combo of Anna Magnani, Ben Gazzara and Totò — who scramble and scheme through Rome on a New Year’s Eve filled with shrieks of laughter, desperate actions and consuming pleasures... Mr. Monicelli’s humor and fluid visual style are joys." — Manohla Dargis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!