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Italy comedy 1960 bw 102 min.
Director: Mario Monicelli
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1 disc, catalog # CC1473L

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This marvelous comedy, which successfully spoofs complicated heist films, set the pace for caper comedies to follow. According to the popular genre, brillant crimes are the result of meticulous planning and split-second timing. The bumbling theives in Big Deal on Madonna Street, however, are too distracted by everyday joys to execute this "scientific" method. Between baby-sitting and chasing women, the crew suffer a series of hilarious setbacks. The big "break-in" is a fiasco of breaking glass and gushing water. Shot on location in Rome's slums, the film balances broad comedy with neorealism. These touches combine with a terrific cast (including Toto and Marcello Mastroianni) and a jazzy score for a perfect Italian comedy.

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