Keyword : Mario Monicelli
The most gratifying aspect of Criterion's new digital transfer of Mario Monicelli's classic comedy caper film I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) is the fuller appreciation of the stunning black and white cinematography by Gianni Di Venanzo.
The distinguished Italian director Mario Monicelli was in Montreal to serve as Jury Member at the 1999 Montreal World Film Festival. I spoke to Mr. Monicelli about Italian comedy in general and, more specifically, one of the first films to gain both critical and popular success and help cement the Italian comedy film's international reputation, I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street), 1958.
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