The Passionate Thief
Playing through January 14.
- Platform: AmherstCinemaAtHome.org
- Ticket price: $12
- Watch window: 30 days to start watching, 2 days to finish once started
- How to watch: Through the internet browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone
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!