Criterion Sunday 113: I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street, 1958)

Apologies for this remarkably brief review; I watched it in a state of half-sleep, though I found it likeable, I don’t really have much to contribute…


A jolly Italian farce modelled on Rififi and the like, in which a bunch of fairly incompetent criminals try to take on a job they’re not really equipped to do. There are some good comic turns, and it moves along at a clip.


FILM REVIEW: Criterion Collection
Director Mario Monicelli; Writers Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Suso Cecchi D’Amore and Monicelli; Cinematographer Gianni Di Venanzo; Starring Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni; Length 111 minutes.

Seen at a friend’s home (DVD), London, Sunday 14 August 2016.

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