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Il sorpasso

Dino Risi

Il sorpasso (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

29 Apr 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

3 Discs

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  • Italy
  • 1962
  • 105 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
  • Spine #707

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.


DirectorDino Risi
Story and screenplayDino Risi, Ettore Scola and Ruggero Maccari
DialogueEttore Scola and Ruggero Maccari
Produced byMario Cecchi Gori
CinematographyAlfio Contini
MusicRiz Ortolani
EditingMaurizio Lucidi
Production designUgo Pericoli
Costume designUgo Pericoli

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New introduction by filmmaker Alexander Payne
  • New interviews with screenwriter Ettore Scola and film scholar Rémi Fournier Lanzoni
  • Interview from 2004 with director Dino Risi, conducted by film critic Jean A. Gili
  • Introduction by actor Jean-Louis Trintignant from a 1983 French television broadcast of the film
  • A Beautiful Vacation, a 2006 documentary on Risi featuring interviews with the director and his collaborators and friends
  • Excerpts from a 2012 documentary that returns to Castiglioncello, the location for the film’s beach scenes
  • Speaking with Gassman, a 2005 documentary on the relationship between actor Vittorio Gassman and Risi, directed by Risi’s son Marco
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Phillip Lopate, an essay by critic Antonio Monda (dual-format only), as well as excerpts from Risi’s writings, with an introduction by film critic Valerio Caprara (dual-format only)

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Other Editions

Il sorpasso (Criterion DVD)

29 Apr 2014


2 Discs

SRP: $24.95

Criterion Store price:$19.96

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