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Love and Larceny (1960)

Il mattatore (original title)
Gerardo, an aspiring actor, trying unsuccessfully to cross over from comedy to tragedy, is involved, due to his ability to mimic dialects of Italy, in a scam concocted by Lallo against a rich cloth-merchant.

Director:

Dino Risi

Writers:

Agenore Incrocci (story) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (story) (as Scarpelli) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Gerardo Latini
Dorian Gray Dorian Gray ... Elena
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Annalisa Rauseo
Mario Carotenuto Mario Carotenuto ... Lallo Cortina
Alberto Bonucci Alberto Bonucci ... Gloria Patri
Fosco Giachetti ... General Mesci
Luigi Pavese Luigi Pavese ... L'industriale
Nando Bruno Nando Bruno ... Owner of big restaurant
Linda Sini ... Laura, wife of Chinotto
Piera Arico Piera Arico
Aldo Bufi Landi Aldo Bufi Landi ... Un poliziotto (as Aldo Bufilandi)
Enrico Glori Enrico Glori
Salvatore Cafiero Salvatore Cafiero
Mario Scaccia ... Il gioielliere
Fanfulla ... Sor Annibale
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Storyline

Gerardo, an aspiring actor, trying unsuccessfully to cross over from comedy to tragedy, is involved, due to his ability to mimic dialects of Italy, in a scam concocted by Lallo against a rich cloth-merchant.

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The Hilarious Story of a Man With a Million Ideas...All of Them Delightfully Dishonest! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 May 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and Larceny See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (some sequences)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 31179 delivered on 3-2-1960. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ettore Scola on 'Il Sorpasso' (2014) See more »

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great movie, one of the funniest -- where can I find a copy?
21 February 2005 | by pflint36See all my reviews

Vitorrio Gassman is brilliant as a con artist in this movie. As best as I can remember it (last time I saw it was in the early 70's in 16mm) there are about 6-8 separate scenarios in which he pulls various cons, all of which are hilarious. I've been searching for it in some form -- I'd even buy it in 16mm.

Unlike "The Easy Life" ("Il Sorpasso"), in which he plays a similar character and the movie is somewhat bittersweet, in "Love and Larceny" the mood is always outrageous as the scams become more and more daring. The plot itself is a flashback, gradually working its way up to the surprise ending in the present.


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