Italy, 1960
Director: Mario Monicelli
Producer: Silvio Clementelli
Cast: Anna Magnani, Totò, Ben Gazzara
Screenwriter: Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Mario Monicelli
Based on the stories "Le Risate di Gioia" & "Ladri in Chiesa" by Alberto Moravia
Cinematography: Leonida Barboni
Music: Lelio Luttazzi
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Running Time: 106 minutes

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 digital restoration of The Passionate Thief was carried out by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna starting from the original camera negative and, for the sound, from the optical soundtrack negative and a vintage combined dupe positive. These elements were made available from the film's producer Titanus. The original camera negative was scanned at 4K resolution and digitally restored at 2K resolution. The restoration was carried out at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in 2013. Special thanks to Rai Cinema for their collaboration.

Reviews and Quotes 2

"A sympathetic portrait of complex individuals."
— Zachary Wigon, Village Voice

"A fast-paced comedy with a great setting and a great cast!"
— Michael Potemra, National Review

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