LOL Fail: Tragicomedy Happens with Totò and Mario Monicelli at Pacific Film Archive

by Richard von Busack

“You see, Italy is a very poor and weak country, and that’s what makes us so strong”
—the Old Man in Catch 22

Watching Totò the clown in the 1960 Mario Monicelli film The Passionate Thief  (March 5 and 7 at Pacific Film Archive) means observing someone so good at his craft that he tantalizes you with the mystery of being born to the vocation. Continue reading