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.
The movie finally has become actual. Hordes of old farts and critics have spent their time complaining it was a prophetic movie for their generation and finally it has become true since a decade more or less. It must have been fun for them pushing younger people down the cliff at the end.
I found it very enjoyable in the first part, then it dramatically slows down. The ending is quite strong, but I lost the very contact with the film a few minutes before and so I found it quite weak in its realization.
But conceptually, seen from the side of the only character with a speaking soul, it is very powerful indeed.