Ringing in the new year with a classic Italian comedy set on New Year’s Eve, Mario Monicelli’s The Passionate Thief (Risate di Gioia) stars Anna Magnani, Totò, and Ben Gazzarra on a night of misadventures, misunderstandings, and mishaps. This non-stop comedy is layered with deep gravitas, surfacing generational divides, power dynamics, and deception.
This episode features the following music excerpts from the film’s soundtrack by Lelio Luttazzi:
- “Risate di gioia”
- “Furto cha cha cha”
- “Una zebra a pois”
- “Quando una ragazza a New Orleans”