Il Sorpasso (CE) (2 Dvd)
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Bruno, un presuntuoso giovanotto motorizzato, incontra casualmente un giovane universitario, timido e inibito, e lo trascina con sé durante un lungo ferragosto. Vicende e incontri vanno e vengono, legati dal lungo fi lo della mania automobilistica di Bruno. E dietro l'ultima curva c'è nascosta la morte.
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After spending more than a decade trying to track down this film, after viewing a terrible French DVD edition (WITHOUT English Soutires) I simply decided to give up. Then finally after 52 years the great Criterion company announced that this title will be released, I was simply jumping for joy. Now after 17 years of listening to my dad's praise for this film, I finally decided to watch this with clear English subtitles on a clear and pristine print.
To cut a long story short; the film is sensational.
Bruno a middle aged fun and easy going wheeler and dealer meets the young and shy Roberto, an Italian law student. Before he knows it, Bruno has wheeled his way into Roberto's appartment and he takes the young man on a road journey. Teaching the young lad on life, love and opening his eyes to the real world.
Road movies are a staplemark of 60s and 70s cinema, everything from Easy Rider to Wim Wenders' Kings of the Road, have dealt with themes and subjects out in the spacious open road. Some have been revolutionary, whilst some have been a portrait of a slice of life. Il Sorpasso is very much the latter. A typical relatable story set in a beautiful bygone era during the Italian boom of the early 60s, on the surface we have a film that is fun and shows the guilty pleasures of life. However it also deals with Italian society being swept up by the boom and abandoning their traditional family orientated mentality for a shallow and individualistic mind set.
Yet again Criterion have excelled themselves. Seriously the only reason I decided to upgrade to a multi region blu-ray player was due to the Criterion catalogue. The blu ray offers a digitally remastered print that is pristine and very watchable. The mono audio has also been cleaned up and offers clarity, whilst the set of extras on hand are informative and intriguing.
Il Sorpasso is a must see for Italian film lovers; a brilliantly paced, hillarious gem backed up by brilliant performances from both Gassman and Trintignant.
I worried before seen Il Sorpasso , if the film would look outdated or even unfunny.
It is funny and while it looks outdated in some scenes, my overall impression was extremely positive.
I visited Italy a few times and because I've been in some of the places the film takes place on I enjoyed it even more.
A comedy with depth that describes the everyday life in the 60's in great detail.
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