Il Mattatore

Love and Larceny (in Italian, Il mattatore, "The Showman") is a 1960 Italian comedy film directed by Dino Risi. It was entered into the 10th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

Il Mattatore
Directed byDino Risi
Produced byMario Cecchi Gori
Written byEttore Scola
Sandro Continenza
Ruggero Maccari
Sergio Pugliese
Age & Scarpelli
StarringVittorio Gassman
Dorian Gray
Peppino De Filippo
Anna Maria Ferrero
Music byPippo Barzizza
CinematographyMassimo Dallamano
Edited byEraldo Da Roma
Release date
1959 (Italy)
February 1, 1963(US)
Running time
95 minutes


Gerardo, an aspiring actor, trying unsuccessfully to cross over from comedy to tragedy, is involved, due to his ability to mimic dialects of Italy, in a scam concocted by Lallo against a rich cloth-merchant. His inexperience means that he is the only one to be arrested and sentenced to several months in prison, where he encounters a vast array of petty criminals, devoted primarily to scams of various kinds. He befriends Chinotto, a con man for whom the doors of the prisons are like "revolving doors of a large hotel."



  1. " Awards for Il Mattatore". Retrieved 2010-01-17.

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