THE EASY LIFE (1962) [feature]

(MIFF 2014 )
Director: Dino Risi

"[The Easy Life] sounds like any old odd-couple comedy; its collected talent and social seismography make it anything but … The model for a dozen Discover America road trips, from New Hollywood to Alexander Payne, Risi's film is also the most unassuming sort of masterpiece." – Village Voice

One of the acknowledged masters of commedia all'italiana, Dino Risi reached his artistic peak with The Easy Life. The comedic blueprint for the modern road-trip movie, Risi's film has still rarely been surpassed, a tour de force of personal insight and social commentary that captured the anxiety and aspiration of a booming Italy.

Timid law student Roberto's (Jean-Louis Trintignant) life is turned upside down when he accepts a car ride from carefree, wealthy braggart Bruno (Vittorio Gassman). Over two days the men drink and cruise the Italian coastline, getting into bizarre scrapes and urging each other on to greater, ever more dangerous feats. Also starring Catherine Spaak, The Easy Life "gives a glorious taste of Italy on a summer day a half-century ago." – Seattle Times

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