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Il Sorpasso (1962)

Il sorpasso (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 20 June 1963 (Hungary)
An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries.

Director:

Dino Risi

Writers:

Dino Risi (story and screenplay), Ettore Scola (story and screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Bruno Cortona
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Roberto Mariani (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Catherine Spaak ... Lilli Cortona
Claudio Gora ... Danilo Borelli 'Bibi'
Luciana Angiolillo Luciana Angiolillo ... Gianna Cortona (as Luciana Angelillo)
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Zia Lidia
Franca Polesello Franca Polesello ... Moglie del commendatore
Bruna Simionato Bruna Simionato ... Zia Enrica
Lilly Darelli Lilly Darelli ... (as Lilli Darelli)
Mila Stanic Mila Stanic ... Clara, la ragazza alla stazione
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Amedeo
Edda Ferronao Edda Ferronao ... La ragazza della valigia smarrita a Civitavecchia
John Francis Lane John Francis Lane ... Alfredo - avvocato cugino di Roberto
Luigi Zerbinati Luigi Zerbinati ... Il Commendatore
Annette Stroyberg ... Turista tedesca
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Latin | German | English | Arabic

Release Date:

20 June 1963 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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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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Bruno Cortona: You got a cigarette?
Roberto Mariani: No. I don't smoke.
Bruno Cortona: That's not good.
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Written & Performed by Domenico Modugno
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Italians Made Great Films in the 60's
30 September 2006 | by ragosaalSee all my reviews

In the hot Roman summer law student Roberto casually runs into Bruno a strange but amusing man who is heading in his fancy sports car to a nearby beach to meet with friends. Bruno insists and Roberto decides to join him for the day. "Il Sorpasso" is about the relationship -of just that day- between two such a characters. Bruno thinks of nothing but enjoying life and is self confident, sort of a person that refuses to admit the pass of time (he's already in his forties and hasn't settled at all yet); Roberto, much younger, is a classic guy, sort of shy and obedient of his family's wishes about his future. At first Roberto doesn't approve of Bruno's idea of fun by insulting and humiliating people, but as they go together he turns into a sort of rebellion against his all planned and predictable life and shows a bit of admiration for the older man who doesn't go along with social premises.

Shot in beautiful Italy in the sort of "pop" early sixties, "Il Sorpasso" is a wonderful film which deals with true life and true characters. Dino Risi carries the film perfectly and shows us a great variation of common real life characters that one way or another get involved with Bruno and Roberto. The movie appears clearly as a comedy -and a real amusing one too- but at the very end it turns into drama and makes you think a lot. Classical 60's Italian music fits perfect.

Gassman is outstanding as the intelligent and sort of mean Bruno (I can't think of any other actor that could have played the role so perfectly) and Trintignant does a very good job too as the insecure and strcture minded Roberto.

A great movie worth seeing. You'll sure enjoy it.


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