From its delirious opening montage of disco divas, ageing socialites and strippers at play – one imagines Berlusconi's bunga bunga in a nutshell – Paolo Sorrentino's Roman satire has its sights fixed on epic greatness. There's a touch of La Dolce Vita in its fluid portrait of the city as carnival, with its parade of nuns, tourists, freaks, hangers-on, performance artists and other jokers. It is overseen by the dapper, disenchanted Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a journalist who once wrote a great novel but is now more famous for his roof-terrace parties and languid cynicism. The haute bourgeoisie circles Jep moves in turn a blind eye and a Botoxed pout to the depressed, debased society around them, preferring to dance themselves dizzy and drink themselves silly. (Sample dialogue: "What job do you do?" "Me? I'm rich". "Great job"). Nor is there any recourse to religion when Vatican prelates offer not spiritual succour but top cooking tips.
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Sunday 28 March 2010
Friday 12 March 2010
Sunday 21 February 2010
Travel Agenda: Rome's Caravaggio exhibition; Air Europa's new Lima route; Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa on Easter Island
Saturday 20 February 2010
Today: A major Caravaggio exhibition opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome. It marks the 400th anniversary of the baroque artist's death and continues – with accompanying lectures and workshops – until 13 June ( scuderiequirinale.it ).
Saturday 13 February 2010
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Sunday 31 January 2010
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Friday 23 October 2009
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Friday 14 August 2009
The £25,000 Threadneedle Prize – a rival to the Turner Prize and now in its second year – is the most valuable art prize awarded by the public in the UK for contemporary figurative painting and sculpture.
Thursday 02 July 2009
A self-portrait by the Renaissance genius Michelangelo has been discovered in his final painting, the Crucifixion of Saint Peter in the Vatican's Pauline Chapel, it emerged last night.
Friday 15 May 2009
In entries from "bitterness" ("Fernet Branca is... a weird and wonderful way of mitigating a robust meal") to "offal" ("the ritual sequences of feast and fast connected with pig killing is... a glorious argument against the tyranny of the 'balanced diet'"), Gillian Riley shows that a hefty, authoritative work on the world's greatest domestic cuisine can also be personal, entertaining and readable.
Wednesday 06 May 2009
Monday 27 April 2009
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