Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781789383751 Will Publish June 2021 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $96.00 ISBN: 9781789383966 Will Publish June 2021 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Paolo Sorrentino’s Cinema and Television

Edited by Annachiara Mariani

Paolo Sorrentino’s Cinema and Television

Edited by Annachiara Mariani

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

298 pages | 50 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781789383751 Will Publish June 2021 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Cloth $96.00 ISBN: 9781789383966 Will Publish June 2021 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
With a list of critically acclaimed and award-winning films, the Naples-born director and screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino has established himself as an auteur of world renown—arguably the most successful and significant contemporary Italian filmmaker. To date, he has written and directed nine films and won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe, among others. 

This is the first English-language collection dedicated to the prolific director, who has emerged as one of the most compelling figures in twenty-first-century European cinema. International contributors—from the UK, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Israel, Canada, and the US—offer original interpretations of Sorrentino’s work in film and television. In an invaluable contribution to the existing literature, they examine Sorrentino’s recurrent grand themes, offer new perspectives and cues for discussion, and challenge established notions about the filmmaker and his career.
Contents

Acknowledgments 

 

List of Illustrations

 

Forward

Giancarlo Lombardi

 

Introduction: The Creative and Artistic Trajectory of Paolo Sorrentino

Annachiara Mariani

 

 

Part one: Examining and Deconstructing Sorrentino’s Ethos

Chapter 1: Private Pain/Public Places: Sights, Sightings, and Sounds of Nostalgia in Youth and The Young Pope

Ellen Nerenberg

 

Chapter 2: Against Postmodernism. Paolo Sorrentino and the Search for Authenticity

Mimmo Cangiano

 

Chapter 3: A Journey from Death to Life: Spectacular Realism and the ‘Unamendability’ of Reality in Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty

Monica Facchini

 

Chapter 4: Paolo Sorrentino’s Cinematic Excess

Lydia Tuan

 

Part two: Sorrentino’s Real and Symbolic Spaces

Chapter 5: Posthuman Sorrentino. Youth and The Great Beauty as Ecocinema

Matteo Gilebbi

 

Chapter 6: Interpolating the ‘blah, blah, blah’: Rome’s Vocalization Through Architecture in The Great Beauty

Alex Gammon

 

Chapter 7: The Great Beauty: A Journey Through Art and Relations in Search for Beauty

Michela Barisonzi

 

Chapter 8: The Urban Dimension as Film Character: Rome in The Great Beauty

Carla Molinari

 

Part three: A Journey into Sorrentino’s Psyche

Chapter 9: The ‘Primal Scene’: Memory, Redemption and (The Image of) ‘Woman’ in the Films of Paolo Sorrentino

 Russel Kilbourn

 

Chapter 10: Anxiety (of Influence) and (Absent) Fathers in Paolo Sorrentino

Sandra Waters

 

Chapter 11: ‘È solo l’alito di un vecchio’. Obscenity, Exchange Regimes, and the Catastrophe of Aging in Loro.

Nicoletta Marini-Maio

 

Part four: Sorrentino’s Postsecular Pope

Chapter 12: The Young Pope’s Credit Sequence: A Postsecular Allegory in Ten Paintings.

Russell Kilbourn

 

Chapter 13: The ‘Fabrication’ of Religion in The Young Pope: the Double Irony of Post-Secular Iconicity

Monica Jansen and Maria Bonaria Urban

 

Chapter 14: The Young Pope Between Television and Celebrity Studies

 Anna Manzato and Antonella Mascio

 

 Interview with Carlo Poggioli (costume designer of Paolo Sorrentino)

Annachiara Mariani

 

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