Property Is No Longer a Theft

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Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973)

126 min - Drama, Comedy - 3 October 1973
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A lowly bank clerk, literally allergic to money and revolted by its nefarious influence on humanity, launches a campaign of harassment against a wealthy butcher, stealing small, insignificant items— but never money—from the man. The victim uses the thefts to make large and fraudulent insurance claims, refusing to finger the thief for fear his own financial improprieties might be exposed.

Director:  Elio Petri
Writers:  Elio Petri, Ugo Pirro

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A lowly bank clerk, literally allergic to money and revolted by its nefarious influence on humanity, launches a campaign of harassment against a wealthy butcher, stealing small, insignificant items— but never money—from the man. The victim uses the thefts to make large and fraudulent insurance claims, refusing to finger the thief for fear his own financial improprieties might be exposed.


Collections: Elio Petri

Genres: Drama, Comedy

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Country:   France Italy
Language:  Italian
Release Date:  3 October 1973

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Production Companies:  Labrador Films, Quasars Film Company

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Runtime:  2 h 06 min

A lowly bank clerk, literally allergic to money and revolted by its nefarious influence on humanity, launches a campaign of harassment against a wealthy butcher, stealing small, insignificant items— but never money—from the man.

Property Is No Longer a Theft is a 1973 Italian comedy film directed by Elio Petri. It was entered into the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival. Total, a young bank cashier, sees his life, with its grey, dismal prospects, as disappointing. He envies the wealth of many of his clients, often accumulated though criminal or corrupt activities. After surviving an armed robbery, he decides to start a new life, as a thief. Resigning from his job, he begins discreetly with small robberies in supermarkets, progressing to larger frauds, including of a former client, a butcher. He enjoys the new clothes, new cars and new women but his neuroticism and social conscience pose problems. [wiki]

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