Fresh Air critic at-large John Powers reviews the Criterion Collection release of the 1962 Italian film Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life):
Il Sorpasso was part of the ’60s explosion in Italian movies when auteurs like Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and Bernardo Bertolucci became internationally famous. Unlike them, [Director] Risi didn’t make art films — in fact, he has Bruno joke about the dullness of Antonioni. Instead, Risi made commercial hits that, like the great Hollywood movies of the ’70s, were perfectly in synch with what his audience was thinking about. Blessed with a light touch, he captured the realities of everyday life, but did so in the pleasurable, unpretentious, unscolding way of the greatest popular art.