Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life)
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Regarded by many as Dino Risi's finest film, The Easy Life (Il Sorpasso) casts Vittorio Gassman as Bruno, a jaded, aging roue, who introduces young Roberto Mariani Jean-Louis Trintignant to his hedonistic lifestyle.. Previously a man with a purpose in life, Roberto soon becomes as wanton and wastrelly as Bruno. The older man is proud of his handiwork--until tragedy strikes. Risi sagaciously sets his moral fable against the beauties of the Riviera; we may not approve of Bruno's lifestyle, but we certainly understand why it appeals to him. Among the screenwriters of The Easy Life was… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When I first saw it 25 years ago, I couldn't wait to see it again right away. I've been waiting ever since."
‑ John Powers, NPR
"Risi proves to have a deft sense of managing the intertwined humor and drama of his incredibly complex characters"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's a sunny, lazy day in early-1960s Rome - the city is "like a graveyard," with everyone away on holiday."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Bruno and Il Sorpasso are full of wonderful surprises and hidden depths, and they continually slip away from any attempts to reduce them."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Yes, the frame is filled with the era's bikini-clad pulchritude, but the fuel here is primo neurosis."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Dino Risi's well-cast leads can't quite sell his heavy-handed irony as truths about masculine character."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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