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 ...
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Did You Know?
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
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
You got a cigarette?
No. I don't smoke.
That's not good.
Referenced in Sideways
Written & Performed by Domenico Modugno See more