Bruno Cortona and Roberto Mariani meet by chance as Roberto helps Bruno one day while everything is closed in Rome for the holiday weekend. The two men could not be more different. Thirty-six year old Bruno is extroverted, a man who seizes opportunities as they arise, is an excitement seeker, has never really grown up, but is a person to who many are drawn because of his exuberance and masculine good looks. Law student Roberto is introverted, controlled and so unsure of himself that he doesn't really know why he chose law as a career and is afraid not only to let the girl who lives across the way from him, Valeria, know that he likes her, but even to speak to her. He even has a photograph of her in his wallet that he took clandestinely. Roberto reluctantly gets caught up in the whirlwind of Bruno's last minute change in plans for the holidays as the two head off together in Bruno's Lancia Aurelia sports car, their joy ride which will be largely at Bruno's whim. That reluctance is ... Written by
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The famous Bruno vs Bibi ping-pong game scene was shot at a beach front restaurant called "La Lucciola" in Livorno, Italy. It is located at Lungomare Vespucci, 1, Castiglioncello, Rosignano Marittimo LI, Italy. See more
There is an odd shadow on the back of Vittorio Gassman's back in the beach free-standing handstand scene during the close-up. His elbows are never locked. His biceps and triceps muscles do not appear to be under any tension from holding his own body weight up in the air. Someone or something must be holding his legs up unless he has superhuman strength. See more