"After 10 years of Berlusconi as a PM, thanks to the impressive media power at his disposal, Italians are now living in his imagined world. It's a world without respect for women, legality or financial accountability; which values only individual success, money. It sees the image as more important than the word."
Giulio D'Eramo, Index on Censorship website, in response to the Government "pushing for a bill that would restrict internet freedom by making it compulsory, even for blogs, to get a government permission before posting political comment on the web."
Globe and Mail's Elizabeth Renzetti explains why the celluloid vision of Italy glamorized in the film NINE (clip above) is a far call from the Italy many Italians know today. Matteo Garrone's gritty docu-drama Gomorrah (clip below) shows the harsh reality that undermines the culture in Naples and Caserta, two cities in the region of Campania.
As an Italian it is hard to look at the depth of corruption, but it remains a quiet reality regardless. Please know that as a southerner I have never seen first-hand the violence or grit documented in Gomorrah, nor do I necessarily agree with everything Renzetti articulates, but I am aware of the corrupt underbelly that continually breaks the country down from the inside.
Click the link at the bottom of this post to view Renzetti's complete article.
Tagged with: Italy, politics, La Dolce Vita, corruption, nine, Berlusconi, Gomorrah
Probably one of the most down to earth celebrities in Hollywood, local actress Rachel McAdams talks to Sally Singer in the January issue of Vogue about her private life. Some highlights of her day include practicing Kundalini Yoga at four-thirty in the morning, taking part in a knife-skills class at Good Egg in Kensington Market, and riding her bike around Toronto.
Rachel McAdams, the dazzling Canadian star of Sherlock Holmes, gives Sally Singer a peek into her very private life.
Photographed by Mario Testino. Excerpted from Vogue.com
Here's a little dose of sunshine to make you happy on a cold December night. This clip features Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the film 500 Days of Summer, dancing to She & Him's "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"
Tagged with: Zooey Deschanel, She & Him, 500 Days of Summer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Julianne Moore as Ingres's 'Grand Odalisque', New York City, by Michael Thompson, 2000, publ.
April 2000. Michael Thompson. © 2000 Michael Thompson.
If you haven't yet visited Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913 - 2008, please make the effort to take in this
fabulous exhibit. The recent celebrity portraits are obviously a huge draw, but the real jewels are the photos
taken during the first half of the twentieth century. It is incredible how creative and inspired these
photographers were considering their limited technological resources. This exhibit will give you a new appreciation
for portrait photography.
Even more exiting is the accompanying 'Question of Celebrity' film series going on tonight. Two films will be screened.
Choose one, or stay for both! The first is a documentary on photographer Annie Liebovitz entitled "Life Through a Lens."
The second film is one that I have seen. "Valentino: The Last Emperor" is an amazing behind the scenes look at the
creation of Valentino's final Haute Couture collection, and the retrospective exhibit that was produced in his honour.
You will not want to miss it. The preview below is a hilarious insight into his personality...
"I love beauty, it's not my fault."
Monday November 23, 2009:
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006)
Annie Leibovitz, chief photographer for Vanity Fair magazine, has produced some of the most iconic images
of the last 30 years. Director Barbara Leibovitz reveals her sister’s artistic process and personal journey. (82 minutes)
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
Director Matt Tyrnauer takes an intimate look at the world of high fashion through the relationship of designer
Valentino and his longtime business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti. (96 minutes)
Both films are playing at the Royal Ontario Museum, Signy and Cleophee Eaton Theatre, Level 1B
Please enter through President's Choice Entrance, at south end of Museum.
This film series is presented by the Institute for Contemporary Culture.
A collaboration between Vanity Fair and the National Portrait Gallery, London. Vanity Fair is a registered
trademark of Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.
There are no words for how amazing Federico Fellini's original 1963 film "8 1/2" is. It's the story of a film director (Marcello Mastroianni) who has a severe case of director's block. The film captures the process of creation, and unfolds organically. If you haven't seen it, please go rent it before shelling out for the upcoming Hollywood Musical remake "Nine." I have a feeling that it would be very difficult to appreciate the subtleties of the original after watching the new version. I'm obviously really excited for "Nine" anyway.