*Il sorpasso (The Easy Life).* 1962. Italy. Directed by Dino Risi. Courtesy Photofest

Il sorpasso (The Easy Life). 1962. Italy. Directed by Dino Risi. Screenplay by Dino Risi, Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari. With Jean-Lois Trintignant, Vittorio Gassman. In Italian; English subtitles. 108 min.

Premiering in a new 4K restoration, The Easy Life is Italian comedy at its best—hedonistic, ironically detached, and at times vicious and gloomy. A consummate road movie, Risi’s masterpiece charts the fickle bromance between the devil-may-care Bruno and his polite and gentle friend Roberto as they blaze in a sports car across the Italian countryside from Rome to Tuscany. Vittorio Gassman, as the unscrupulous scoundrel (in a role originally intended for Alberto Sordi), and Jean-Louis Trintignant, as the uptight law student, are a match made in cinematic heaven, their blooming (and fleeting) companionship colored by memorable encounters along the roadway. “This was the first time Gassman had made a comedy with his own face,” Risi observed. “Gassman’s character was prone to wishful thinking, inconsistent, superficial, aggressive, a bit of a Fascist, but with a certain impact, and I had a few people I knew in mind when I was creating him.” Digital restoration courtesy Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna, Surf Film, Lyon Film Ltd, RTI Gruppo Mediaset. Courtesy Janus Film, the official current US distributor.

  1. Sunday, December 18, 2016,
    5:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Wednesday, December 14, 2016,
    6:30 p.m.

    Introduced by Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero, Luce Cinecittà
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
This film accompanies Dino Risi.