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Il Sorpasso (1962)
"Il sorpasso" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  5 December 1962 (Italy)
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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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Lilly Cortona
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Roberto Mariani (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Claudio Gora ...
Bibi
Luciana Angiolillo ...
Gianna
Linda Sini ...
Zia Lidia
Barbara Simon
Lilly Darelli
Mila Stanic ...
Clara
Nando Angelini ...
Amedeo
Luigi Zerbinati ...
Il commendatore
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Edda Ferronao ...
La ragazza della valigia smarrita a Civitavecchia
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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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Trivia

In 2008, the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved (100 film italiani da salvare). The list was created with the aim to report "100 films that have changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978". The project was established by the Venice Days ("Giornate degli Autori") in the Venice Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinecittà Holding and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. See more »

Goofs

When Roberto walks over the rocks, we see a beautiful blonde in a bikini lying on the rocks, reading a magazine and showing her beautiful legs. Later, on the same day, maybe a couple hours later, the same blonde will come and ask Roberto to sign her cast on her leg ("next to Peppino DiCapri's signature"). In the afternoon, she'll be dancing with her cast. It is impossible that the same girl had such a terrible accident that required the whole cast of her leg and then go back dancing with a cast full of signatures (including one by the great Peppino) on the same day. See more »

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Written by Nino P. Tassone & Giuseppe Cassia
Performed by Miranda Martino
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deceptively light-hearted masterpiece
1 May 2000 | by (New Haven, CT) – See all my reviews

The first time you see this film, it might just pass you by as light-hearted, but the ending will force you to dwell on it. This is what happened to me. A closer look revealed that this is a profound, double-sided, paradoxical film. Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintagnant project opposite perspectives throughout the film, so that each scene contains both joy and sadness, intoxication and contemplation. As they drive from place to place, Gassman's life force is placed at a critical distance by Trintagnant's presence. Both performances are brilliant. A great film, poetic, bitter-sweet, unforgettable.


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