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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
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Roberto Mariani (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Claudio Gora ...
Bibi
Luciana Angiolillo ...
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Barbara Simon
Lilly Darelli
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Nando Angelini ...
Amedeo
Luigi Zerbinati ...
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Edda Ferronao ...
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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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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 »

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You can see part of the rig on Bruno's car when they talk about Antonioni, when Bruno makes fun of the Italian family on the motorcycle, and when he teases the cyclist. See more »

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Per un attimo
Written by Luigi Naddeo
Performed by Peppino Di Capri
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A Movie I Could See Every Week and Not Be Bored With It
4 March 2006 | by (Chicago United States) – See all my reviews

When Bruno hits the road in his Lancia Aurelia B24 sport with the nerdish Roberto, it's a whirlwind ride for the audience as well, with your emotions riding high throughout. Gassman's "Bruno" is as perfect a portrait as one can imagine of the Italian who just floats through life, never taking things or others very seriously, always finding shortcuts and discovering truths that others disparage or fear. He's the classic embodiment of the Italian "furbo" (wise guy), who thinks he knows how to "play" the world and all the people in it. One of the greatest cinematic explorations of the stuff of contemporary life you'll ever see and the possibilities (all too limited) of overcoming the alienation inherent in it.


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