The Passionate Thief (film)

The Passionate Thief (Italian: Risate di gioia)[1] is a 1960 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Monicelli, starring Anna Magnani and Totò.[2]

The Passionate Thief
Film poster
Directed byMario Monicelli
Produced bySilvio Clementelli
Written byAlberto Moravia
Mario Monicelli
Age & Scarpelli
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Anna Magnani
Music byLelio Luttazzi
CinematographyLeonida Barboni
Edited byAdriana Novelli
Distributed byTitanus
Release date
  • 1960 (1960)
Running time
106 minutes


Two friends (Toto and Magnani) 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.



  1. Dargis, Manohla (4 December 2014). "Telling Lies for Love, Cruelty or Expediency". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. "Risate di gioia". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
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