Tag: Paolo Sorrentino

Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 August   The Mainz pogrom, 1349 In the 14th century, the bubonic plague – aka the Black Death – killed between 30 and 60 per cent of Europe’s population (20-30 million people) in the

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Giacomo Rizzo and Laura Chiatti in The Family Friend

The Family Friend

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     9 May   First recorded appearance of Mr Punch, 1662 On this day in 1662, Navy Board administrator Samuel Pepys went to Covent Garden, London, where he enjoyed “an Italian puppet play that is within

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Toni Servillo as Jep Gambardella in The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     21 April   Romulus founds Rome, 753BC On this day in 753BC, one of the great capitals of world civilisation was founded, or so the story goes. Rome, city of the Caesars, was founded by

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Sabrina Ferilli and Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

The Films of Paolo Sorrentino

  Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) is a portrait of Rome through the eyes of a world weary writer. It’s being hailed as Sorrentino’s La Dolce Vita and stars Sorrentino’s Marcello Mastroianni, Toni Servillo. It’s close to a masterpiece in other words, making this a

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The Consequences of Love

    An easy film to recommend but a hard one to write about. That’s mostly because much of the power of The Consequences of Love derives from director Paolo Sorrentino’s playful decision to disguise what the film is all about. In fact it’s not even clear what genre he’s

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