The Great Beauty
Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Oscar, it is thanks to it that the director from Naples was able to collect an enormous international esteem, which he still enjoys today.
It is no coincidence that HBO chose him for the first TV series presented at a prestigious film competition like the one in Venice. At the Lido, Sorrentino will present "The Young Pope" with Jude Law, Andrea Orlando, James Cromwell and a sumptuous international cast.
The Young Pope is a close relative of "La Grande Bellezza".
With it, Sorrentino continued on a path that, through unshakable figures such as Jep Gambardella and Lennie Belardo, recounted the corruption of Italy and the human soul, and at the same time showed us the ecstatic and dazzling beauty of both.
The Great Beauty is staggeringly wonderful because it uses 3 things to penetrate the spectator:
3 pillars of cinematography. Sorrentino, with his technique and his supreme eye, puts together these 3 components and transports us into the eternal city:
She's the absolute star of the film.
Center of the world.
Capital of Italy.
Cradle of civilization.
The city that has made anyone fall in love, has dictated the rhythms of the world for centuries, has dominated the earth for long stretches of history, today it has become something sad and regurgitating.
The Great Beauty manages to transmit well this duality, this ambiguity of Italy.
A country without equal, rich in monuments, churches, palaces, art, paintings, sculptures, but also a country deeply corrupt, lazy, incorrect, sleepy, decomposed, uneven.
Paolo Sorrentino has the ability to transfer to us this clear feeling that only a sensitive soul and a shrewd look as his could capture.
Every Italian knows he lives in the most beautiful country in the world.
Every Italian, in his heart, feels a little shame for Italy
It is a striking contrast, almost a foregone conclusion for us Italians and for this reason part of us now. After decades spent living above our means, neglecting art, culture and beauty, today we have become the European country with the highest rate of functional illiteracy. We are one of the countries in the world with the highest public debt. We are those who work the most but have among the lowest salaries in the Western world.
Yet we have the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, Michelangelo and Donatello, Leonardo and Caravaggio.
Strolling through Rome you will encounter statues thousands of years old, tiny churches with paintings by Titian, palaces worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Yet, Rome has also become a symbol of corruption and the mafia, streets full of garbage and urban traffic, noise and air pollution.
ROME REPRESENTS THE DECADENCE OF ALL OF ITALY, THE END OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE
Once again a contrast, deep.
A rift between history and the contemporary.
Paolo Sorrentino chooses his fetish actor, Toni Servillo, to give a face to a man who represents aesthetics and rottenness.