Cinema: Con Manual

Love and Larceny. "The fool banks in the crook's pocket." The old Italian proverb is wittily illustrated in this new Italian film: a merry little con manual that might serve equally for the instruction of rogues and the sophistication of innocents abroad. Educative excerpts:

∙ The hero (Vittorio Gassman), an artful dodger in need of some new shoes, strolls into a shoe store and tries on an expensive pair. "They look dark in this light," he murmurs, and permits the salesgirl to urge him toward the front door, where he carefully inspects the leather in the sunlight. A tomato, flung by an...

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