Social success is like a fever which is only cured with unscrupulousness, ignorance, and fraud. Its quest drives into a frenzy the unprepared, those who are loyal, honest, and educated. It devours their soul and leaves them alone. Il successo is a pungent moral commentary of Italian society in the '60s which thrives on Gassman's and Aimée's terrific performances and Scola's masterful pen. Hidden gem.