Episode 153 – Dino Risi’s Il Sorpasso


This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee and Trevor Barrett to discuss Dino Risi’s Il Sorpasso.

About the film:

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.

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Next time on the podcast: Marcel Carné’s Port of Shadows

Music from this episode is by Dean Martin (“King of the Road”) and Edoardo Vianello (“Guarda Come Dondolo”)

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