Ladro Lui, Ladra Lei

Director: Luigi Zampa

Year: 1958

Though this film never seems to have been released to an English speaking audience, I would translate the title as: He’s a Thief, She’s a Thief.

The story is about a brother (Alberto Sordi) and sister (Sylva Koscina) who are thieves in Rome-performing some very clever tricks to con various people.

For the most part, is pretty standard stuff, but Alberto Sordi elevates the whole production a considerable degree, especially in three or four scenes where he is especially brilliant, and which I believe he had a hand in constructing. Of course, comedy doesn’t do very well when described, especially Sordi’s, which really depends a lot on his tone of voice, hand gestures and timing-apart from simply the situations.

It is truly a shame that this actor isn’t better known to English speaking audiences, as his best stuff is truly world class.

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