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The Icicle Thief Movie Review Summary

Actors: Maurizio Nichetti, Claudio Fava

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This is a film-within-a-film comedy that is reminiscent of Woody Allen's THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. An Italian filmmaker named Maurizio Nichetti (played by the real Maurizio Nichetti, the movie's writer/director) made THE ICICLE THIEF, a homage to the post-WWII classic THE BICYCLE THIEF. Nichetti is at a television studio in Milan, to make sure that the first network broadcast of his film proceeds without a hitch.

We soon become privy to action on four different planes: the black-and-white narrative of THE ICICLE THIEF, in which a poor Italian family tries to cope with poverty; the television studio, where Nichetti becomes increasingly angry at commercial interruptions; the home of a well-to-do Milanese family watching the film on their living room television set; and the commercials that keep interrupting the film. Soon, the four realms start to bleed into one another, leading to bizarre interactions between real people and movie characters.
The review of this Movie prepared by Elana Starr








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   comedy about making a movie Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   filmmaker/producer How much humor v. drama    -   Somewhat more humor than serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   producer/director Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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