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Category Archives: The Great Beauty


In praise of old folks on screen

    It seems like yesterday when we were bemoaning the fact that Hollywood didn’t make movies for grown-ups anymore. (Or maybe that was just me arguing back in 2012 that our cinemas were full of recycled superheroes and stupid action films aimed at teenaged boys.) Well, … Read more »

No new thing under the sun: Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty introduces its protagonist, aging journalist Jep Gambardella, right in the thick of things. After an airy, operatic overture Sorrentino immerses the audience in a busy rooftop party in Rome. A four-to-the-floor beat takes over the soundtrack, setting the rhythm for a series … Read more »

Seeing less: greed, cinephilia and the fear of missing out

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires … Read more »