I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street). 1958. Italy. Directed by Mario Monicelli. Screenplay by Monicelli, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Suso Cecchi D’Amico. With Vittorio Gassman, Claudia Cardinale, Rossana Rory. In Italian; English subtitles. 106 min.
In this heist-movie satire, not everyone has what it takes to be a thief. Utilizing the Hollywood tropes of dark rainy nights and crumpled fedoras, the film follows a veteran crook, a cocky young gun, and a sweet safecracker as they try to use a supposedly empty apartment to gain access to a treasure hidden benath a baby’s crib. Marcello Mastroianni is delightful as the fledgling thug Tiberio.