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Il sorpasso

Dino Risi

 
Il sorpasso (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • Italy
  • 1962
  • 105 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Italian
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  • 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.

Credits

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

Film Essays

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Il sorpasso: Italy, Dark and Light

By Antonio Monda May 12, 2014

The Italian cinema expert describes the immense popularity of Dino Risi’s film in its home country, and the way it deepened the commedia all’italiana genre. Read more »


Film Essays

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Il sorpasso: The Joys of Disillusionment

By Phillip Lopate April 28, 2014

A leading light of commedia all’italiana, Dino Risi specialized in fleet, satirical takes on contemporary Italian culture, and this road-trip smash was his most trenchant. Read more »

Big Screen

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December 08, 2016

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Features

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Remembering Ettore Scola

January 26, 2016

Last week, we were saddened to learn of the passing, at the age of eighty-four, of the beloved Italian writer and director Ettore Scola. The filmmaker was a luminary of Italian cinema for more . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Il sorpasso: Italy, Dark and Light

By Antonio Monda May 12, 2014

The Italian cinema expert describes the immense popularity of Dino Risi’s film in its home country, and the way it deepened the commedia all’italiana genre. Read more »


Features

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Sex and the Italian Driver

By Jackson Burgess May 06, 2014

This humorous magazine piece from 1970 sheds some light on the meaning of the title of Il sorpasso, along with the way Vittorio Gassman comports himself behind the wheel in it. Read more »


Film Essays

28429id_151_t_thumbnail

Il sorpasso: The Joys of Disillusionment

By Phillip Lopate April 28, 2014

A leading light of commedia all’italiana, Dino Risi specialized in fleet, satirical takes on contemporary Italian culture, and this road-trip smash was his most trenchant. Read more »


Interviews

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My Watchlist

by Cynthia

Updated 07/28/2017

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November wishlist

by Tas Ahmed

Updated 07/20/2017

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Top 10 Italian Films

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Updated 07/02/2017

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Matthew Sheldon

Updated 07/25/2017

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Ryan Williams

Updated 07/26/2017

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Updated 07/18/2017

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Updated 07/07/2017

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Updated 07/04/2017

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Updated 07/26/2017

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Updated 07/26/2017

Chris Peters

Updated 05/15/2017

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Carson Brown

Updated 07/13/2017

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Updated 07/27/2017

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Il sorpasso (Criterion DVD)

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