In the second part of the director’s cut of Loro, Paolo Sorrentino shows us Silvio Berlusconi’s behind-the-scenes efforts to return to the prime minister’s seat. In this case, however, the plot is merely a pretext. It is merely a frame for a portrait of the male-dominated, oligarchic gerontocracy of which Berlusconi is the central figure, a contemporary Sun King, media mogul and influential businessman. Berlusconi, smoothly filmed by Luca Biggazi, never loses his traveling-salesman mentality and seems as if he is playing a role in a piece of tawdry performance art. He demands applause, and applause he gets—and he’s not the only one; there are many similar heroes of the mass imagination running entire countries today. By carrying out a joint vivisection of their narcissistic personality, Sorrentino confirms his unique sense of audiovisual nuances. In his film, the soundtrack is the perfect accompaniment to the spectacular images of glitz and wealth, creating an insidiously attractive image of their world.
Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples in 1970. His first full-length feature film, One Man Up, was screened at the Venice Film Festival and gained recognition both at home and abroad. It was on that film that he began his long-time collaboration with Toni Servillo. He gained international fame in 2004 thanks to his stylistic thriller The Consequences of Love. He won a jury award at Cannes for Il Divo. His greatest success to date has been the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty.
2001 O jednego więcej / L'uomo in più / One Man Up
2004 Skutki miłości / Le conseguenze dell'amore / The Consequeces of Love
2006 Przyjaciel rodziny / L'amico di famiglia / The Family Friend
2008 Boski / Il divo
2013 Wielkie piękno / La grande bellezza / The Great Beauty
2015 Młodość / La giovinezza / Youth