Risate di gioia (1960) AKA The Passionate Thief


Two friends live by their wits working as comedians and cabaret at Cinecittà, before being invited to friends’ parties or masked balls during New Year’s Eve in Rome. The two, however, even though they make people laugh all the time in public, live an inner conflict, namely that the two have always to be aware to give a smile to someone, but they can never be rich and happy because they are street artists and with a precarious wage.

Director: Mario Monicelli. AKA The Passionate Thief
Stars: Anna Magnani, Totò, Ben Gazzara, Fred Clark, Edy Vessel, Gina Rovere, Toni Ucci.


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  1. Lemmy
    November 20, 2019

    Great flick! Thanks again Jon!

  2. Wolfgang Jahn
    February 1, 2023

    1:23:10 – 1:24:10 damn, I should have seen this 30 years ago. If that intro does not score, which does????

  3. Wolfgang Jahn
    February 1, 2023

    Anna Magnani was 51 when this was shot. Still good looking. 👍😜

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