New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

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THE BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET

February 18, 2000 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(Italian, 1956, 90 minutes, b&w, video)

Directed by Mario Monicelli
Starring Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale
In Italian with English subtitles

This takeoff on classic caper films centers on the attempts of a clumsy small-time thief to organize his fellow crooks and rob a jewelry store. The actual heist turns into a hilariously inept and comical mess, featuring the talents of Vittorio Gassman, one of Italy's most beloved comics.

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