The Passionate Thief


1h 46m 1963

Film Details

Also Known As
Risate di gioia
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 11 Sep 1963
Production Company
Titanus
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
Italy
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Ladri in chiesa" by Alberto Moravia in Racconti Romani (Milan, 1954) and his short story "Risati di gioia" (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

Synopsis

Tortorella, a movie extra, is left alone by her friends on New Year's Eve. She meets Umberto, another extra who is working as part of a pickpocket team with Lello. Unaware of what the two men are doing, Tortorella tags along with them. Despite the thieves' efforts to get rid of her, she shows up just as they are preparing to rob a rich American; he immediately becomes attracted to her, and they drive off together. Followed by Umberto and Lello, the couple go to the Trevi Fountain, where the drunken American tries to jump into the water. Tortorella calls the police, and the man is taken away. The trio next find themselves invited to a party at a German prince's home, only to be thrown into the street when Lello is discovered plying his trade on the guests. Tortorella and Umberto seek shelter in a church where Lello steals a necklace from a statue of the Madonna. The police arrive to find Tortorella holding the necklace, and after several months in jail, she is released and finds Umberto waiting for her.

Film Details

Also Known As
Risate di gioia
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 11 Sep 1963
Production Company
Titanus
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
Italy
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Ladri in chiesa" by Alberto Moravia in Racconti Romani (Milan, 1954) and his short story "Risati di gioia" (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m

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Notes

Opened in Rome in October 1960 as Risate di gioia; running time: 105 min.