The Swindlers

The Swindlers ★★★★

Rewatch, I had the idea that this was the most underrated/overlooked Fellini, and a 2nd viewing reinforced that.

The sequence of the guy trying to rob a cigarette case in a party for gangsters and thieves is as priceless as the final atonement is heartbreaking. Fellini had this amazing comprehension of human behaviour in all it’s spectrum, in all its desire for escape by a miracle only they, the desperate for a solution can see it will work, whether by religion or marriage or making a big score.

This is a downer, but I’d like to disagree with the user complaining of the lack of traditional humor: it’s all there, in the above mentioned party scene, in the successive coups, in the tragedy of it all really.