Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Memmo Carotenuto, Rosanna Rory, Carla Gravina, Carlo Pisacane, Tiberio Murgia, Gina Rovere, Gina Amendola, Elvira Tonelli, Elisa Fabrizi, Pasquale Misiano, Renato Terra, Aldo Trifiletti, Nino Marchetti, Mario De Simone, Toto
Written by: Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Agenore Incrocci, Mario Monicelli, Furio Scarpelli
Directed by: Mario Monicelli
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Italian, with English subtitles
Running Time: 106
Date: 06/30/1958
IMDB

Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Material Guys

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Unlike some of his collegaues, lesser-known Italian director Mario Monicelli was less conscious of art and more concerned with pure entertainment, and his heist comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958, Criterion Collection, $29.95) proved to be just that. It was a runaway hit and even made a little splash here in the U.S. (it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film). Marcello Mastroianni joins a band of bumbling thieves who plan to break into a deserted house and drill through to the shop next door in order to rob its safe. But their plans keep getting ruined. The biggest catch comes when they find that the once-empty house is now occupied by two old ladies and a beautiful young woman.