The Passionate Thief
The Passionate Thief (1960)

English title of this Italian film refers to a "stage direction" in a movie script. But there's nothing funny about this downbeat story of movie bit player Anna Magnani. She doesn't work often, and when she does it's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 1960
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Screenwriter D'Amico called Monicelli "a superb director, with the rare gift of comic timing - which cannot be taught, either you have it or you don't." No one seeing "The Passionate Thief" will care to argue the point.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

It's best just to yield to it - easy enough to do when you're falling into Magnani's ample embrace.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

There isn't much of a story in "The Passionate Thief," though much - including shimmering life, lust and comedy - happens.

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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice

While the madcap adventures provide plenty of entertainment, it's Monicelli's sympathetic portrait of complex individuals ... that wins viewers over.

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