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LA GRANDE BELLEZZA

When Rome burns, where will you be?
Toni Servillo and Carlo Verdone
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Forty years ago, Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo ) wrote a book that became an instant best-seller and is still read and more or less remembered—by some as a frothy and irrelevant intellectual joke, by others as a life-changing and profound work of literature. What Gambardella himself is reminded of when people mention the book is that he hasn’t written another one since, not for lack of wanting to ... more >

Gomorrah

Based on the best-selling novel
Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abruzzese and Toni Servillo
Directed by Matteo Garrone

Everyone is, alas, familiar with the Mafia. Tony Montana, Al Capone, the Sopranos, the Italian gang of Scorcese, Pacino, and de Niro have made Godfathers as real as our own. The Japanese Yakuza we have also vaguely heard about. Same with the Chinese triads or the Russian mafia. Far more secretive as organized crime goes is the murderous Napolitan Camorra. Roberto Saviano, a brave young ... more >