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by Stefano "Steno" Vanzina


When swindler La Spada and his accomplice José are released from jail in Madrid, they decide to pull a really great swindle: nothing less than to discover and sell a third picture of Goya's "Maya in Camison" (Maya in a nightgown). They engage the renowned Scorcelletti who lives in Rome and can forge any artwork. Afterwards, with help from the beautiful Eva, they convince celebrated art critic Francisco Montiel of the existence of a third Maya and let him find the picture. When the swindlers are at the point of selling the fake to an American millionaire, Scorcelli returns from Rome to sell one of his six other maya pictures.

international title: Toto in Madrid
original title: Totò, Eva e il pennello proibito
country: Italy, France, Spain
year: 1959
genre: fiction
directed by: Stefano "Steno" Vanzina
film run: 90'
release date: IT 14/02/1959, ES 20/06/1960, PT 14/08/1960, FR 24/09/1969
screenplay: Vittorio Metz, Roberto Gianviti
cast: Totò, Abbe Lane, Mario Carotenuto, Louis de Funès, Giacomo Furia, Pilar Gómez Ferrer, Enzo Garinei, Guido Martufi, Francesco Mulè, Maria Marchi, Anna Maestri, Gianni Partanna, Anna Maria Di Giulio
cinematography by: Alvaro Mancori
film editing: Giuliana Attenni
art director: Piero Filippone
costumes designer: Adriana Berselli
music: Gorni Kramer
producer: Raymond Froment, Franco Palaggi

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