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”)

Scott Nye

Scott Nye loved movies so much, he spent four years at Emerson College earning a career-free degree in Media Studies. Now living in Los Angeles, he's trying to put that to some sort of use. OFCS member, film writer, day-tripper.