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Il Sorpasso (1962) ***1/2

There were plenty of Road Movies before “Il Sorpasso,” and there have been plenty since, but I would have to say that this is one of the best. The winning performances combined with organic camera work place you right there in the car with the characters, the wind in your hair and the open road ahead. It's choked with vacationing Italians, which is where the title comes in. “Il Sorpasso” is Italian for overtaking, as in passing another car on the highway, which the main characters do repeatedly in this film. Ultimately, all of this reckless speeding and passing is seen to be a metaphor for post-war Italian society. The film starts with Bruno (Vittorio Gassman) driving a sporty convertible ( a Lancia Aurelia, it turns out) around a ghost-town version of Rome, emptied out by the mid-August holiday. Searching for a phone to call his friends, Bruno winds up meeting a young student, Roberto (Jean-Louis Trintignant). Having missed his friends, Bruno impetuously invites Roberto to grab a meal with him, and the shy, serious Roberto allows himself to be cajoled into this stranger's roadster and whisked off for a weekend of adventure. “Il Sorpasso” follows the classic, road-trip, buddy-film formula, or perhaps the film created it. Bruno is impetuous, outgoing, and garrulous. Roberto is quiet and introverted, and spends much of the trip trying to figure out how to just get back to his quiet apartment and his books. The two have chemistry, however, and Roberto gradually opens up under Bruno's constant urging. Bruno is reckless, but he has the luck of the madman, and life seems more fun inside his bubble of insouciance. Vittorio Gassman plays Bruno with an abandon and physicality that remind me of Vince Vaughn in the movie “Swingers. ” One can easily imagine Bruno saying “You're so money, and you don't even know it. ” Jean-Louis Trintignant is also excellent in the more subtle role of Roberto, but it is clearly the Bruno character whom I will remember long-term. In a film chock-full of Italian beauties, she stands out. In a film as funny and delightful as this, it is shocking when, at the end, the tone turns suddenly serious and grim. Some commentators defend the ending as a necessary punctuation to what is an allegorical commentary on post-War Italian society. Italy enjoyed a sustained economic boom during the 50's and 60's which transformed Italian society, and “Il Sorpasso” was part of an artistic movement to critique what many saw as the reckless individualism and consumerism of that time. Source: The Movie Couch

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  • Bulli omofobi perseguitano compagno in chat. Indagini sui prof

    02/22/15 ,via La Repubblica

    Un gruppo di otto studenti dell'istituto magistrale Vittorio Gassman, a Primavalle, si sarebbero resi protagonisti di una serie di atti di bullismo nei confronti di un loro compagno che non gli andava a genio. Il tutto si sarebbe concretizzato nella

  • Alessandro Gassman e i suoi 50 anni: «Never stop fighting»

    02/24/15 ,via Cinque Quotidiano

    «Never stop fighting». Così Alessandro Gassman ringrazia su Twitter per gli auguri ricevuti nel giorno del suo compleanno. Nato il 24 febbraio del 1965 figlio del grande Vittorio e di Juliette Mayniel l'attore romano compie oggi 50 anni. LA CARRIERA

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  • Vittorio Gassman

    2010. ISBN: 6133704799,9786133704794. 72 pages.

    Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Vittorio Gassman (September 1, 1922 June 29, 2000), popularly known as Il Mattatore, was an Italian theatre and film actor and director. He is considered one of the greatest Italian actors and is commonly recalled as an extremely professional, versatile, magnetic interpreter, whose long career includes both important productions as well as dozens of divertissements (which made him greatly popular). He was born in Genoa to a father from a wealthy family of German origins and a Pisan mother. While still very young he moved to Rome, where he attended the studies at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica. Gassman's debut was in Milan, in 1942, with Alda Borelli in Niccodemi's Nemica (theatre), he then moved to Rome and the Teatro Eliseo joining Tino Carraro and Ernesto Calindri in a team that remained famous; with them he acted in a range of plays from bourgeois comedy to the sophisticated intellectual theatre. In 1946, he made his film debut in Preludio d'amore, the year after he appeared in five films. In 1948 he played in Riso amaro.

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Vittorio Gassman - IMDb

Vittorio Gassman studied theatre in his youth and was quite a good basketball player. He debuted on stage in 1943 and soon felt home in all classical theatre works.

Vittorio Gassman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vittorio Gassman, Knight Grand Cross, OMRI (born Vittorio Gassmann ; 1 September 1922 – 29 June 2000), popularly known as Il Mattatore, was an Italian theatre and ...

Vittorio Gassman - Biography - IMDb

Vittorio Gassman studied theatre in his youth and was quite a good basketball player. He debuted on stage in 1943 and soon felt home in all classical theatre works.

Гассман, Витторио — Википедия

Витто́рио Га́ссман (итал. Vittorio Gassman , 1 сентября 1922 — 29 июня 2000) — итальянский актёр и ...