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Il Sorpasso / “The Easy Life” (1962)

Wednesday July 12 @ 7pm

Runtime: 105 minutes
Italy / Italian language with English subtitles
Rated PG: mature themes
Directed by: Dino Risi
Starring: Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak, Jean-Louis Trintignant

Part of Cinematica’s Summer Road Trip classic film series!

Synopsis: 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.

“It’s a sunny, lazy day in early-1960s Rome – the city is “like a graveyard,” with everyone away on holiday.” -Seattle Times

“Yes, the frame is filled with the era’s bikini-clad pulchritude, but the fuel here is primo neurosis.” -Time Out

“When I first saw it 25 years ago, I couldn’t wait to see it again right away. I’ve been waiting ever since.” -NPR