High Life

Opulence, decadence, and a desultory lifestyle are problematic elements as are poverty, deprivation, and physical violence. The two extremes may seem worlds apart but in actuality are symptomatic of an inequitable economic system.


I was troubled by Fellini’s La Dolce Vita when I saw it decades ago and unsettled watching The Great Beauty directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy) 2013.

The excesses and shallowness of the upper strata of society existed and continue to exist across the world and across the centuries of human existence. Some of us are in awe while others are enraged, especially at a difficult time such as the present when the failures of international capitalism are exposed.

The film depicts a certain beauty, both playful and tragic, that will delight audiences. An excellent closing-night choice for the 2013 NICE USA festivals that began in New York City before arriving in San Francisco and concluding in Philadelphia. In late December it will be in Beijing.

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