The Icicle Thief
|The Icicle Thief|
|Directed by||Maurizio Nichetti|
|Produced by||Ernesto Di Sabro|
|Written by||Mauro Monti
Maurizio Nichetti (story)
Caterina Sylos Labini
Claudio G. Fava
|Music by||Manuel De Sica|
|Editing by||Rita Rossi|
|Distributed by||Bambú, Reteitalia|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Box office||$1,231,622 (domestic) |
The Icicle Thief (Italian: Ladri di saponette) is a 1989 Italian comedy film directed by Maurizio Nichetti, named in imitation of Vittorio De Sica's classic Italian neorealist film, The Bicycle Thief (Italian: Ladri di biciclette). Some feel "The Icicle Thief" was created as a spoof of neorealism, which predominated Italian cinema after World War II. However, it is generally understood to go beyond this and to take a stand against commercialism as destructive towards art. The film won the Golden St. George at the 16th Moscow International Film Festival.
The film tells the story of a director who is drawn into a television set while watching one of his films. Like the television version, the action is cut at 11-minute intervals by commercials. Gradually, the cast begins incorporating the commercials into their own lines, entirely changing the original concept of the film.
The film's Italian title Ladri di saponette, a play on the Italian title of De Sica's film, means "Soap Thieves"; it is justified by dialogue where a boy is told not to use up all the soap when washing his hands, and his mother wonders if he is eating it. For English-speaking audiences, the title was changed to The Icicle Thief, playing on the English title of De Sica's film. This title was justified by changing the wording of the English subtitles when the characters talk about some chandeliers and one is stolen. In the original Italian dialogue they are said to sparkle like pearls (pèrle) and drops of water (gocce), but in the English subtitles, they look "like icicles" (which in Italian would be ghiaccioli).
- "16th Moscow International Film Festival (1989)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-02-24.
- The Icicle Thief at the Internet Movie Database
- The Icicle Thief at Box Office Mojo
- The Icicle Thief on moria.co.nz
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