Skip to Content

Important Update

Masks are not required, though they are encouraged. While we are no longer checking for proof of vaccination, we do, of course, strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated. Click here for more information.

Slideshow

PREVIOUSLY PLAYED

BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET

12:305:407:5010:00

Saturday, November 29

Starring MARCELLO MASTROIANNI, VITTORIO GASSMAN, CLAUDIA CARDINALE AND TOTÒ

I Soliti Ignoti (1958) So, what could go wrong with that Sure Thing robbery planned by perennial losers Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, and Renato Salvatori – especially after that safecracking tutorial from dapperly bed-robed comedy legend Totó? Well, tutti… The granddaddy of just about every Big Heist spoof, keyed by b&w location photography by the great Gianni di Venanazo (La Notte, 8½, etc.). The Italian title translates as “Persons Unknown.” Approx. 106 min. 35mm.

Reviews

 “Monicelli’s stumblebum heist film is one of the funniest Italian comedies ever made.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum

“Monicelli's timing (giving the series of disasters an almost malevolent inevitability) is brilliant, the ensemble playing couldn't be bettered, and the deliberate cartoon-style stereotyping of the characters is neatly offset by a neo-realist emphasis on real locations in the dank slums of Rome.”
– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)

“THAT GENUINE RARITY in popular culture: a satire that not only helped kill off one movie genre, but started a whole new subgenre in the process.”
– Bruce Eder

“ARTFULLY AND JOYOUSLY PLAYED!” 
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

Film Forum