Beautiful Tragedy in Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God

Warning: Spoilers Ahead The unlikely arrival of Diego Maradona into Naples on 5 July 1984, following a record transfer fee from Barcelona of £6.9 million, would change the fortunes of the city and those of its inhabitants who believed the footballing talisman to be no less than a God. In just three short years he […]

Feature Podcast

The Big Picture Podcast: Me, Myself and I

In this second episode of The Big Picture Podcast, Gabriel and Tom discuss two films that explore the nature of ego and the often fraught journey a person takes from fear and doubt to self realisation. Agnes Varda’s 1962 French new wave masterpiece Cléo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7) and Paolo […]

Fashion & Film Feature

La Dolce Vita Meets New York Jazz and Beat Scene: Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley

It begins with a Princeton jacket and an innocent identity mix-up. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a working class young man, wears one when he fills in for a friend who has had an elbow injury and can’t play the piano at a high class party. The party is given by shipping magnate Herbert Greenleaf and […]

Brilliant Failure Reviews

Brilliant Failure: Orchestra Rehearsal (Federico Fellini, 1978)

Federico Fellini’s films often present a caricaturist view of society by magnifying our faults, a trait which is particularly distinct in Orchestra Rehearsal (1978), a film with an unusually strong political message from the Italian filmmaker. The movie presents itself as a faux documentary, with a television crew filming an orchestra’s rehearsal. When the musicians enter an […]