The Passionate Thief
(Risate di gioia)
(Laugh for Joy)
Anna Magnani, Totò, Ben Gazzara,
For The Passionate Thief, Magnani was reunited with her revue costar of the forties, the beloved comic actor Totò, who revered her. (The kiss on the hand wasn’t good enough for her, he said, and invented the kiss on the foot.) An adaptation of two novels by Alberto Moravia, this beautiful film depicts the failed illusions of two broken-down bit players at Cinecittà. The marvelous Magnani portrays a hapless would-be actress who becomes implicated in a theft by a retired extra (Totò) and a young pickpocket (Ben Gazzara) with whom she falls in love.