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Il Sorpasso (1962)

Il sorpasso (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy | 5 December 1962 (Italy)
An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries.

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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 Huggo

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Vittorio Gassman did not perform the free-standing handstand on the beach according to an "Internazionale" article (Italian magazine, August 14, 2015) on the film. The stunt was done by someone named Giorgio Lami. He is/was the cousin of Edda Lami who worked as a lifeguard on the beach at the time of filming. Gassman only did the close-up most likely with someone or something holding his legs up as his elbows were never locked. See more »

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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 »

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Tragicomedy at its best!
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Italian movies are all the same. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry. No thrills, you never really HANG to your seat. This is an example for what italian cinema was meant to be but never was. This was avant-garde, with powerful acting and a great script. This was universal cinema, while nowadays is all partisan movies and mafia movies and tragic movies, even the world famous benigni gives a poor image of the potentials of Italian cinema. This is one of the BIG movies from italy, and even if Risi filmography aint full of masterworks, this is a movie that can make his name a BIG name in Movies History. Gassman and Trintignant and even Catherine Spaak dominate the scene and the country roads of Lazio and Toscana play their part as well. The tragedy is way before the final, and is all found in the unsatisfying way of life both main carachters are living. Italian tragicomedy at its highest peak, no competition at all! 10 out of ten.


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