Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Giovanni Esposito, Dario Contarelli. This messy, vulgar, bloated and indulgent biopic of Silvio Berlusconi (played here by Toni Servillo), the lecherous tycoon and media mogul who served four terms as Italy’s divisive, colourful and controversial Prime Minister mired in scandal, is the latest film from idiosyncratic filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, etc). Sorrentino’s films always serve up a brash and flashy mix of the bawdy and Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Alex MacQueen, Roly Serrano, Ed Stoppard, Luna Zimic Mijovic, Paloma Faith. Music and images have always played an important part in the films of Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, who won an Oscar for his grandiose and occasionally self-indulgent Felliniesque The Great Beauty, a film that divided audiences. These elements also play an important role in his latest film Youth, which is a surreal, melancholy, bittersweet, visually sumptuous, poetic Continue reading

YOUTH – interview with composer David Lang

by GREG KING David Lang composed the evocative music score for Paolo Sorrentino's beautiful film Youth. Greg spoke to David about the score, and what makes a great film score, as well as discussing some of the great film composers. "I have to say it was a completely amazing and beautiful thing that happened to me, completely out of the blue," admits classical composer David Lang. Lang was chosen by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, etc) to create the musical score for his latest film Youth, a poetic meditation on life and ageing. The film stars Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Tony Servillo. Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, etc) returns to his homeland for this visually stunning homage to the city of his birth and a eulogy to Rome's former glory. The film explores universal themes of death, sex, love, loneliness, regrets and the past. Co-written by Umberto Contarello, The Great Beauty is certainly a visually beautiful and sumptuous looking film. It has been winning a swag of awards, including the recent Golden Globe, and heaps of praise from international Continue reading