• Dino Risi’s Il sorpasso, coming out next week in a Criterion edition, was an inspiration for Alexander Payne’s Oscar-winning Sideways. Being such a fan of the film, which is beloved in Italy but underappreciated here in the U.S., Payne agreed to sit down with us to talk about it for the release. In the following excerpt from the interview, Payne discusses the film’s importance in the road movie genre, how he came to love it, and the brilliance of Risi’s moviemaking.


  • By Ben
    April 24, 2014
    09:42 AM

    Love it. I'm so excited for this one, and thankful to Criterion for releasing it! I'm sure many Americans otherwise would never have seen it.
  • By BRAD
    April 25, 2014
    05:58 PM

    Criterion has shipped my copy. I cannot wait!
  • By Larry
    April 26, 2014
    06:51 PM

    Have looked forward to this release for years. I saw this film one time sometime in the late 60's and it just stayed with me as few have. Cannot wait for my copy to arrive. Many, many, thanks to Criterion.