The Janus Collection
dir. Dino Risi, Italy, 1962, DCP, b/w, Italian w/ English subtitles, 105 min.
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.