Picks and Pans Review: Teresa the Thief

updated 06/18/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/18/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Monica Vitti, once the rage of Italian cinema, has lately returned to U.S. attention with the so-so An Almost Perfect Affair and now this, a comedy about a small-time thief. She plays a lovable humbler of a con artist who spends as much time in the clink as out. In one hilarious scene she bilks a rich man out of all his lire, only to find that they're counterfeit. The film itself, by cinematographer turned director Carlo Di Palma, does not measure up to Vitti's bravura performance, wandering over the Italian landscape. For an actress best remembered for her distinctive work with director and ex-lover Michelangelo Antonioni (L'Avventura, Red Desert), Vitti seems to be underachieving here. (In Italian with English subtitles) (Not rated)

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