Sex, drugs, power, and vice: welcome to the mid-2000s Italy of Silvio Berlusconi, the egomaniac billionaire Prime Minister who presided over an empire of scandal and corruption. Followed by a talk-back with Bowdoin’s Allison Cooper, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures and Cinema Studies, exploring Sorrentino, deep satire, and divas in modern Italy.
dir. Paolo Sorrentino | 158min | 2019 | Italian with English subtitles
“It’s a sprawling, sometimes psychedelic, sinister depiction of the lengths that people will go to in order to infiltrate a politician’s inner circle.” – Chloe Schama, Vogue
“It’s easy to get lost in the Bacchanalian orgies, but at its heart ‘Loro’ is a fascinating exploration of what happens to a morally vacuous man as he grows old.” – Joseph Walsh, Time Out
“Berlusconi, played with shrewd calculation, gleeful abandon and plasticized hair by Toni Servillo, dominates everyone in the movie with his energetic pursuit of power and pleasure. ” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times