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I soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) – Roman Nights



I soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) – Roman Nights

To mark the nomination of Rome to Expo 2030 the Italian Cultural Institute in London has curated the series “Roman nights”, showcasing some of the best films shot in Rome. While most of the choices will belong to the Neorealismo – a movement in Italian cinema characterised by stories set among the poor and the working class, filmed on location and often with non-professional actors - Rome will also feature in all its glory in our choice of more recent cult and Oscars winning films.

Thursday 2 February 6pm

I soliti Ignoti

Director: Mario Monicelli
Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Carla Gravina, Claudia Cardinale, Toto’.
Comedy, 1958, 1h51mins ,B&W
Screening rights: Cristaldifim

In Italian with English subtitles
Introduction and post screening discussion with Nick Walker

Persons Unknown is a 1958 Italian comedy caper film directed by Mario Monicelli and considered to be among the masterpieces of Italian cinema. The film is a comedy about a group of small-time thieves who bungle an attempt to burgle a pawn shop in Rome. The five hapless would-be burglars are played by Vittorio Gassman, Renato Salvatori, Carlo Pisacane, Tiberio Murgia and Marcello Mastroianni. The careers of both Gassman and Mastroianni were considerably helped by the success of the film—Gassman in particular, since before this point he was not deemed suitable for comedic roles

The producers were initially skeptical about the film's success, so the appearance of the famous comedian Totò was highlighted on the original poster to boost audience interest, even though his character, used for comic relief, chooses to remain a consultant to the heist gang, rather than joining it outright.

The film was a hit in Italy when it was released and won two Italian Nastro d'Argento awards: Best Leading Actor (Gassman) and Best Screenplay. Best Comedy at the 12th annual Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. The film was also Italy's Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 31st Academy Awards.

Nick Walker has worked in the film industry, wrote film articles for The Guardian, is a film lecturer, programmer and host of film salon events in London and Rochester. Nick has a Master Degree in Film Culture.


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Data: Gio 2 Feb 2023

Orario: Alle 18:00

Ingresso : Libero


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