PROPERTY IS NO LONGER A THEFT REVIEWED
“Property Is No Longer A Theft” is an argument about petty crime attacking the social order. Property is viewed as a means of changing the social structure of a society, but that it’s artificial. So, that’s the platform on which we meet our two leads. Two Italians arguing about how to change their world via crime. This leads into several capers where light theft begins changing their relationship with their town. After all, these guys have become convinced that they are the new police of a modern Capitalist society.
Over the next 2 hours, the film rides that line of disappearing up its own ass. What makes the film succeed is that the inner philosophy starts to make sense. History is written by the victors and victors often liberate the spoils of war from the fallen. Director Petri doesn’t concern him with that line of thought. The act of transgression powers the film to its logical conclusion. Pick it up if you’re interested.
- Brand-new interview with actor Flavio Bucci
- Brand-new interview with producer Claudio Mancini
- Brand-new interview with make-up artist Pierantonio Mecacci
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Camilla Zamboni
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 1.0 MONO
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!
The Plot Thus Far
Having tackled the corrupting nature of power with Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and taken an angry, impassioned look at labour relations with The Working Class Goes to Heaven, Italian master Elio Petri next turned his attentions to capitalism for the darkly comic Property is No Longer a Theft. A young bank clerk (Flavio Bucci, the blind pianist in Dario Argento’s Suspiria), denied a loan by his employer, decides to exact his revenge the local butcher (Ugo Tognazzi, La Grande bouffe) who is not only a nasty, violent, greedy piece of work but also one of the bank’s star customers. Quitting his job, the clerk devotes all of his time tormenting the butcher, stealing his possessions one-by-one, including his mistress (Daria Nicolodi, Deep Red). Told in an off-kilter fashion by Petri, abetted by the woozy sound design and another outstanding score by Ennio Morricone, Property is No Longer a Theft presents a caustic, blackly comic look at a corrupt society.