The Passionate Thief:

Christmas Italian Style

Sunday, December 30 | 5:30 pm

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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 roguishly handsome partner-in-crime for the night Lello (Ben Gazzara). Shot on the streets of Rome just a few months after La Dolce VitaThe Passionate Thief offers an affectionate, madcap counterpoint to Fellini’s grand romantic vision. A feather-light caper with an impeccable pedigree, The Passionate Thief brings together an iconic Oscar-winning actress, an international comedy legend, and a future Cassavetes collaborator for a raucous nocturnal romp across the Eternal City. “Gorgeously restored by Rialto Pictures,” this rediscovered gem is a New York Times critic’s pick filled with “shimmering life, lust and comedy.”

Director Mario Monicelli | 1960 | In Italian with English subtitles | 106 minutes | NR | DCP 

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