#21: The Passionate Thief (Mario Monicelli, 1960)

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”
  • “Jazzy”
  • “Una zebra a pois”
  • “Quando una ragazza a New Orleans”


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