Tag: Paolo Sorrentino

November 17, 2015 / / Main Slate Archive

THE GREAT BEAUTY presents the quintessential European perspective on life and
cinema. The contrast between European and American traditions of not only moviemaking
but living couldn’t have been more stark than in Paolo Sorrentino’s take
on life, its meaning and its cinematic representation.

April 10, 2014 / / Main Slate Archive

One spring weekend, I found myself talking up the Boston Common as some visiting Italian friends and I walked through the still half-frozen park. Pleasantries had already been exchanged, and I was casting out questions that I hoped my rather quiet companions would respond to with longevity and gusto. This failed to happen. I switched tacks and began to babble on about a topic that could sustain me, at least, until we reached our destination: film. More specifically (I hadn’t given up on trying to engage the Italians), I started praising Paolo Sorrentino’s latest movie, LA GRANDE BELLEZZA. Almost immediately, one of my friends let out a booming, derisive laugh that shocked the conversation out of its plodding torpor.