Il sorpasso

Il sorpasso

DVD - 2014 | Italian
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"Roberto, a shy law student in Rome, meets Bruno, a forty-year-old exuberant, capricious man, who takes him for a drive through the Roman and Tuscany countries in the summer of 1962. They will spend two days together. The time Roberto spends with Bruno is a hilarious, but sometimes emotionally merciless accelerated maturization process. While Bruno's easy going "l'usage du monde" and societal success attract Roberto's great admiration, he also slowly realizes Bruno's hollowness, superficiality and unhappiness"--www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2014.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (105 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. --

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jonnybroom
Feb 21, 2018

I loved this movie for its tremendous forward energy and surprising twists. Gassmann's performance is electric. I recommend viewing the brief introduction by Alexander Payne, the director who reimagined this plot as the movie "Sideways." You'll enjoy the 60s views of Rome and the whoosh of the road trip--if you can tolerate Bruno's outrageous behavior. Recommended.

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biny
Sep 18, 2017

Italy in the '60s.
It turned out the bonus documentary A Beautiful Vacation is quite good.
The over-rated Sideways, US remake of this, is terribly poor, only see narcissism and full of self-pity, but won over Hollywood audience's heart.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

Italian for "the overtaking," a dangerous one, and AKA "The Easy Life." Comedy drama about a two day joy ride in a Lancia Aurelia roadster, following two just-met buddies, a live-for-the-moment man-child and a nerdy button-down law student, through some amazing dated Italian locations in the early 1960s when transportation was served by buses, bicycles and trains. Cars were primarily for Sunday drives for those who made it in the post WWII boom. Though reading the English subtitle, appreciate the crisp dialogues and old Italian tunes from start to finish. Definitely more enjoyable than "A Trip to Italy, 2014."

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zal
Oct 19, 2016

I think the cover was what me decide to watch it - I thought it would be a road movie and indeed, it was and what a movie! It was the year(s) of the twist and rock and roll music has become legit embraced by all ages. And Vittorio Gassman - yes, I only knew him by name but maybe I have not seen any film of his. But he's enigmatic and could be Italy's Marlo Brando with his sex appeal and great acting. Very entertaining specially if one loves old films.

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ragmop
Sep 08, 2016

I would like to see more movies by Dino Risi from 60s if library could bring some in. Very good. Top-movie

tibiri Jul 07, 2015

Italy at a time that we foreign loved and admired! A comment, a thought about this film brings: Oh, what a beautiful feeling!

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ms_mustard
Apr 20, 2015

I don't generally watch 'guy flicks' but was lured into this one by good reviews and the promise of a famous example of Commedia all'intaliana.

I found it unamusing and tedious.

This film is a masterpiece. Dino Rissi captures a duo on a amazing adventure through Italy in the 1960's. Rissi really documents Italy during this transitional period transitional from a family centered society into a shallower, individualistic and consumerism one. This is Gassman's greatest performance!

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 15, 2015

A great road picture, and a very funny, poignant movie. Vittorio Gassman is particularly wonderful.

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riita
Nov 25, 2014

A good film kinda like a sixties film Italian style. Plenty of interesting characters and great scenes of life in, and around Rome.

Watch the director's (Alexander Payne) comment. It's short, but interesting.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

Dad, you're being a fool with those farmers. If yours truly didn't keep those yokels in line, they'd steal the shirt
off his back. There's no dealing with peasants today. The more you give, the more they take. So give nothing,
and there's nothing to take.
===
A student, eh? “Termination of a contract for excessive onerousness...” What's this? Civil Procedure. Good doorstop material. You study law?
- Yes, I'm in my last year.
(Looking at a photo) Who's this fatty?
-My mother.
Wow! Beautiful woman.
===
Void versus voidable. What's that stuff good for? It's hundreds of years old.
-Thousands. You see? I'd get into - I don't know
Space law.
- Space law?
Sure. “Two spaceships collide. Who pays?” Or “Can the moon be parceled up into private lots?” You get me? That way, when Khrushchev gets there, he'll find condos all over.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

If I do well, I'll have a Fiat 1500 just like him, and an upstanding wife who always says “yes, deaf' and lets me do all the talking.
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He was always hugging me.
- I believe it. I've never seen a country queen before.
What?
- Don't tell me you didn't know. It's obvious. Why you think they call him Occhiofino?
It's just a nickname.
-A nickname? Occhiofino - finocchio (faggot).
===
Nice, eh? I kid around, but I really enjoy talking to nuns. If anyone shows a little interest, it's a big deal for them,
and they tell the other sisters.
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How can I commit to a girl right now? I have to finish my studies, find a job, and then -
-So? Meanwhile you go out, you sleep together. It could all be over in a month. Why do you have to commit? This isn't the Middle Ages!
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I had a tutor for a while. Rosa Maltini was her name. Not Maltoni. One afternoon I put my hand down her blouse. She gave me such a look that I turned red as a beet.
-Landru, the serial killer, was shy as a kid too.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

“I'd like to bicycle on the moon to see the loveliest women from up there.” You decide: Rome or Castiglioncello?
- Rome.
But we'd get in so late. Castiglioncello's nearby, and I have friends there. We'll eat, hit the road, and be in Rome by dawn.
- Who was supposed to decide?
You.
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What's Sophia Loren like?
-To me she's like Etruscan tombs and Mount Fumaiolo. I'll explain some time
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That's how I like to see you. I like it when you laugh. Robe', leave all that sad stuff behind. You know what the best age is? I'll tell you. The age you are, day by day. Until you croak, of course.
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Another minute in that morgue and I'd have exploded. Let's go. Live in the country? You gotta be crazy. Maybe I shouldn't have gone along to see your relatives.
-What are you talking about?
It's just that we all have distorted memories of our youth. You know why we always say it was a wonderful time? We don't really remember what it was like.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

I feel for him what a mother feels for a child who's always down on his luck.
-Bruno doesn't look down on his luck to me.
It all depends on your point of view.
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One day she dumped me. Maybe we just didn't click. I think she was a little jealous. It wasn't another woman. It was my Cisitalia. She said I loved that car more than her.
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Nobody's home.
-They're home. Decent people are always asleep at this hour.
What do you know about decent people?
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You squeeze a girl tighter than a girdle.
-Forgive me. I didn't mean it.
Oh, I wasn't criticizing. Quite the contrary.
...
I warn you, ma'am: If you hold me too tight, I'll get excited. And I wouldn't want your husband to get excited too.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

You know that Jewish saying? My grandma used to use it. “Love for a woman is fickle as the moon. Brotherly love is steady as the stars.” Nice, huh?
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Did you tell her not to call me “Dad” anymore?
-Why would I? She calls me Gianna, and I see her a bit more often.
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If you want to honor us with your presence, we're getting married at Christmas.
-If he lives that long! He's 80 now!
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I think very highly of him and prefer him to boys my age. They're all stupid and superficial and full of themselves.
Besides, the world's full of failed marriages based on romantic love.
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So where's the grandson?
- What grandson?
Couldn't he come? Why'd he send his grandpa to drop you off?
-Your friend may find such things funny, but I don't.
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Everywhere else, people stay who they are: a Genoese stays a Genoese, a Florentine a Florentine. In Rome everyone turns Roman in three days.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

His name was Roberto. I don't know his last name. I just met him yesterday.
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You think it's all so easy. I've had a tough life. First the war, then my marriage. My best years were stolen from me. 1956 was especially hard. It's tough, still riding the bus at 36.
-An honest man isn't ashamed of that.
The buses are full of honest people, but at a certain point - let's be honest - it's nicer riding around in a beautiful boat.
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Don't you ever relax, kid? Are you bored everywhere?
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Mom says you're a born winner. Whereas sometimes I feel like I'm walking in the dark arm in arm... with somebody with no arms! You understand? That's why I want security in life.
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You like her?
- Who?
The girl who just walked by. With the dog. Everyone thinks she's pretty.
-She's not the only one.
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You're a strange bird. You don't smoke, you don't drink. If you do drink, you get drunk right away. You don't even know how to drive. How do you get by? What do you enjoy in life?

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