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And God Created Jean-Louis Trintignant

Thursday, March 28, 2013
7:00 p.m. Il sorpasso
Dino Risi (Italy, 1962)

Imported 35mm Print!


(a.k.a. The Easy Life). Il sorpasso is a pungent, satiric view of the economic boom of the late fifties and early sixties, and joins La dolce vita in unmasking the spiritual malaise that fuels the jet set. Vittorio Gassman excels in the role of a rogue, the fast-driving, fast-talking playboy Bruno Fortuna, who lures a leery young student, Roberto (Jean-Louis Trintignant), into his sports car for a jaunt along the Riviera designed to show the timid boy how to take big bites out of life. Bruno and Roberto's contrasting ways are dramatized in hilarious and sharply observed episodes. In Bruno’s orbit, Roberto loses his timidity and stiffness, but also his ideals.

• Written by Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari. Photographed by Alfio Contini. With Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Spaak. (105 mins, In Italian with English subtitles, 35mm, From Cinecittà Luce S.p.A., permission Janus Films/Criterion Collection)