The Passionate Thief (1960)
The Passionate Thief (1960)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Passionate Thief

The Passionate Thief

Mario Monicelli | Italy | 1960 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 12 Jun 2024

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Cecchi d’Amico collaborated with comedy legends Age & Scarpelli to adapt stories by Alberto Moravia in this tale of a washed-up actress (Anna Magnani) encountering her similarly down-and-out colleague (Totò). Taking place during a single New Year’s Eve, Cecchi d’Amico’s talent for structure comes to the fore, helping ensure the whirlwind farce doesn’t dissipate through its own centrifugal momentum. Magnani, who began her cabaret career alongside Totò, makes a triumphant return to her comedic roots without sacrificing her legendary intensity – notably when sizing up the erotic possibilities of a young-enough-to-be-her-son Ben Gazzara.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

Presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute.

Format: 35mm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Source: Cinecittà Luce
Runtime: 106 mins

Event duration

106 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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