The Passionate Thief (film)

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The Passionate Thief
Risate di gioia.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Mario Monicelli
Produced by Silvio Clementelli
Written by Alberto Moravia
Mario Monicelli
Age & Scarpelli
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Starring Totò
Anna Magnani
Music by Lelio Luttazzi
Cinematography Leonida Barboni
Edited by Adriana Novelli
Distributed by Titanus
Release date
  • 1960 (1960)
Running time
106 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

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


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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