In the heat of the August fair holiday, Bruno Cortona cruises the streets of Rome in his powerful Lancia Aurelia Sport. Quite by chance he meets Roberto, a young university student. Roberto is fascinated by the carefree, easy life Bruno leads and agrees to spend the day with him…
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The "jolt" at the end might not have been the factor that Dino Risi claims to have made this film so successful. But it is indeed a jolt and, as abrupt as it is, turns a sardonic road film into a contemplative portrait of what has been painted thus far. Like Alexander Payne said: "All great films must be seen over and over".
Great laughs blend easily with Risi's compassion for his subjects, Bruno and Roberto, who although opposites, connect to each other because of their loneliness. Mature, felt, and hilarious. A comedy masterpiece.
Hysterical satire with wonderful dialogue and two excellent performances, Trintignant is a quiet and absent minded youngster, and Gassman is his mischievous, older but less mature counterpart, they meet one morning, take a country ride and enjoy the best weekend of their lives.
Dino Risi's masterpiece.
Along with Pietrangeli's "I Knew Her Well" this could be the quintessential film about the pleasures of leading a life with no committments. With a towering performance by Gassman, the vital impetus of pure hedonism is perfectly supplemented by the cabriolet 'beauty' and some hilarious honking. Yet, there is something disarmingly charming about Bruno's 'insecure' confidence of a boundless play with life. Terrific!