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: 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