Spend New Year's Eve with Anna Magnani, Ben Gazzara and Toto! Her dress is amazing. Toto and Magnani are on break from their jobs at Cinecitta. Gazzara is a lovable crook (what else?) and Magnani dyes her hair blonde for the evening! New 4K restoration is perfect, 4.5 stars!
A magnificent caper from the underrated Monicelli, one of those "juggling act" comedies that introduces a host of different plot elements and keeps them all in the air at once, circling each other. There's a little sting of social criticism too, which shows that neo-realism and sex farce aren't so far apart, especially in a country torn between il Papa and the sweet life. And Magnani is to die for.
The Italian popular cinema imbued of its more down-to-earth characteristics, subtly endowed with a metalanguage- for example, the scene around the Trevi Fountain and the memory of "La Dolce Vita" - and a tense political dimension in the sequence at the German aristocrats palace and the subsequent recent memory of the 2nd World War. It lacks a greater dimension in cinematic terms, but it's absolutely contagious