Property Is No Longer a Theft

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Property Is No Longer a Theft
Property Is No Longer a Theft.jpg
Film poster
Directed byElio Petri
Produced byClaudio Mancini
Written byElio Petri
Ugo Pirro
StarringFlavio Bucci
Music byEnnio Morricone
CinematographyLuigi Kuveiller
Edited byRuggero Mastroianni
Release date
  • 3 October 1973 (1973-10-03)
Running time
126 minutes

Property Is No Longer a Theft (Italian: La proprietà non è più un furto) is a 1973 Italian comedy film directed by Elio Petri. It was entered into the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


Total, a young bank cashier, sees his life, with its grey, dismal prospects, as disappointing. He envies the wealth of many of his clients, often accumulated though criminal or corrupt activities.

After surviving an armed robbery, he decides to start a new life, as a thief. Resigning from his job, he begins discreetly with small robberies in supermarkets, progressing to larger frauds, including of a former client, a butcher.

He enjoys the new clothes, new cars and new women but his neuroticism and social conscience pose problems.



  1. ^ "Property Is No Longer a Theft". Film Affinity. Retrieved 21 February 2017.

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