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The Cinema of Paolo Sorrentino: Commitment to Style


The first study of the major Italian director, Paolo Sorrentino, whose works include Il Divo and The Great Beauty

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Paolo Sorrentino, director of Il Divo (2008) and The Great Beauty (2013) and creator of the HBO series The Young Pope (2016), has emerged as one of the most compelling figures in twenty-first-century European film.

From his earliest productions to his more recent transnational works, Sorrentino has paid homage to Italy's cinematic past while telling stories of masculine characters whose sense of self seems to be on the brink of dissolution. Together with his usual collaborators (including cinematographer Luca Bigazzi and editor Cristiano Travagliolo) and actors (chief among them Toni Servillo), Sorrentino has produced an incisive depiction of the contemporary European condition by means of an often spectacular postclassical style that nevertheless continues postwar Italian film's tradition of political commitment.

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SKU 9780231189934
Author(s) Russell Kilbourn
Subtitle Commitment to Style
Publisher(s) Columbia University Press
Format Paperback
Original publication date 30 Jun 2020
Number of pages 264
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