Il mattatore / Love and Larceny (1960)

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Il mattatore / Love and Larceny (1960)

Love and Larceny / Il mattatore (1960)
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS | PAL | 16:9 | 720x576 | 4700 kbps | 4.0Gb
Audio: Italian AC3 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subtitles: English
01:35:00 | Italy, France | Comedy

Gerardo (Vittorio Gassman) stars in this comedy about how a second rate nightclub performer transforms himself into a gentleman master thief possessing legendary pilfering prowess. Elina (Dorian Gray) is his pretty criminal coquette who tries to trap him into marriage. Donning a quick disguise, Gerardo has the photographers convinced he is Greta Garbo and creates a public spectacle at the beach.

Director: Dino Risi
Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Dorian Gray, Anna-Maria Ferrero, Mario Carotenuto, Alberto Bonucci, Fosco Giachetti, Luigi Pavese, Nando Bruno, Linda Sini, Piera Arico, Aldo Bufi Landi, Enrico Glori, Salvatore Cafiero, Mario Scaccia, Fanfulla, Armando Bandini, Mario Frera, Peppino De Filippo, Armando Annuale, Gianni Baghino, Enzo Cerusico, Dina De Santis, Pier Ugo Gragnani, Ignazio Leone, Enzo Petito, Andrea Petricca, Mimmo Poli, Walter Santesso, Gisella Sofio, Emilio Spalla

Il mattatore / Love and Larceny (1960)

Il mattatore / Love and Larceny (1960)


The Italian film star, Vittorio Gassman, has a capital chance to exercise his skill as a nimble farceur and mimic in the lively Italian film, "Love and Larceny".

Playing a petty swindler who is so adroit that he ultimately swindles himself in the climactic one of a succession of ingenious and comical frauds, Mr. Gassman has an opportunity to impersonate a dozen or so odd types and get himself up in an assortment of make-up disguises and costumes.

In one pitch, early in the picture, he is a rotund Santa Claus, shaking money out of suckers for a bogus children-of-prisoners fund. In another, he is a Bolognese merchant helping a shifty confederate defraud an unreasonably gullible victim in a thoroughly impossible deal. In yet another, he is a Japanese bridegroom and, again, a game-legged, iron-jawed general.

Farce is the basic exposition in this virtually one-man show. It hasn't the character variations of, say, "Big Deal on Madonna Street." But it does have much of the same dryness and gusto of that Roman comedy, in which, incidentally, Mr. Gassman first demonstrated his comic skill.

As his impish companion in this one. Peppino de Filippo makes one feel a great homesickness for those rubberized comedians that used to show up in American vaudeville. Dorian Gray is agile and attractive as his female confederate in a couple of deals, and little Anna Maria Ferrero is charming as the girl who hooks him. Dino Risi's direction is farcically efficient and fast—just what is needed in such a picture
~ New York Times

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Il mattatore / Love and Larceny (1960)

Il mattatore / Love and Larceny (1960)

Il mattatore / Love and Larceny (1960)