Il sorpasso

Il sorpasso

Directed by Dino Risi • 1962 • Italy

The ultimate Italian road comedy, Il sorpasso stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, freewheeling bachelor and the straitlaced law student he takes on a madcap trip from Rome to Tuscany. An unpredictable journey that careers from slapstick to tragedy, this film, directed by Dino Risi, is a wildly entertaining commentary on the pleasures and consequences of the good life. A holy grail of commedia all'italiana, Il sorpasso is so fresh and exciting that one can easily see why it has long been adored in Italy.

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Il sorpasso
  • Il sorpasso

    Directed by Dino Risi • 1962 • Italy

    The ultimate Italian road comedy, Il sorpasso stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, freewheeling bachelor and the straitlaced law student he takes on a madcap trip from Rome to Tuscany. An unpredic...

Extras

  • Philip Kaufman on IL SORPASSO

  • Alexander Payne on IL SORPASSO

  • Dino Risi on IL SORPASSO

    In this interview, conducted in 2004 by film critic Jean A. Gili, director Dino Risi discusses the true stories that inspired IL SORPASSO, why Vittorio Gassman was an unexpected choice for the leading role, and the film’s lasting influence on Italian cinema.

  • Jean-Louis Trintignant on IL SORPASSO

    In 1983, Jean-Louis Trintignant sat down with his fellow actor Marie-Christine Barrault to introduce IL SORPASSO for an airing of the film on the French television program “Ciné passion.” In their conversation, presented here, he talks about being cast in the role of Roberto after shooting had al...

  • Ettore Scola on IL SORPASSO

    Award-winning filmmaker Ettore Scola began his career as a screenwriter, working with Dino Risi on a number of his films, including IL SORPASSO. In this November 2013 interview, Scola talks about Italian comedy filmmaking in the sixties, writing the character of Bruno, and the necessity of the fi...

  • Rémi Fournier Lanzoni on IL SORPASSO

    Italy’s highest-grossing film of 1962, IL SORPASSO is among the most beloved movies of the golden age of commedia all’italiana, which lasted from the late 1950s to the 1970s. In this 2014 interview, scholar Rémi Fournier Lanzoni discussed the film’s resonance with Italian audiences, its social co...

  • Back to Castiglioncello

    The 2012 film L’ESTATE DI BRUNO CORTONA: CASTIGLIONCELLO NELL’ANNO DEL “SORPASSO” returns to Castiglioncello, the beach town where much of the second half of IL SORPASSO takes place, fifty years after the release of the film. This excerpt features interviews with members of the cast and crew.

  • A Beautiful Vacation

    This 2006 documentary by Fabrizio Corallo and Francesca Molteni was filmed on the occasion of director Dino Risi’s ninetieth birthday. It features interviews with his collaborators, friends, and family, as well as Risi himself, who talks candidly about his personal successes and the obstacles he ...

  • Speaking with Gassman

    Director Dino Risi and actor Vittorio Gassman made sixteen movies together over three decades. In 2005, five years after Gassman’s death, Risi’s son Marco made a documentary about their complicated working relationship and how Risi transformed Gassman’s career. Excerpts from the documentary are p...