Monday, March 3, 2014

The movie "The Great Beauty" very similar to my "Robert Star - Contemporary Commedia dell'Arte"

Enzo Masi Galliandi, writer and contemporary art collector

In the movie "The Great Beauty" I found many settings, characters, names, gags, dialogues and music very similar to those I wrote or draw for the series and exhibitions entitled "Robert Star in Venice" - "Contemporary Commedia dell'Arte" realized between 2007 and 2011: an exhibition press release, six sketches, two brief dictionaries.
Even among the names of "Contemporay Commedia dell'Arte" there is a Jep; the song by Carrà-Sinclar appears in his surreal list of artists, as well as "Conte Contemporaneo" and "Teodozja" (the General Teodosio of the screenplay?).

Romano - performed by Carlo Verdone - lives in an apartment shared with long, never-ending kissing students as in Robert Star's six female students’ house: "Robert enter the apartment of some co-ends, six girls abandoned by their roommate who was the boyfriend of all six-them; he is immediately pounced by the group (deprived, cold turkey, of kisses) and tries to get away but the co-eds won't let him, taking turns kissing him all afternoon".
In the same scene of the "Great Beauty" Jep talks of Romano's "six women".

Robert is also invited to a party where utopian and unrealistic projects are discussed, and where he is photographed by Paparazza, photographer of performance art. "Four paparazzi" in the party of the movie. All guests at the party "are very elegant" as "those involved in contemporary art".
In "Robert Star" the protagonist is invited to a "crowded party of eccentrics ad creatives" including Cicci-Impacci "tormented by amletic doubt on contemporary art". 
Later, in the same story, we see Egle, a widow that inflicts cooking lessons like the cardinal Bellucci of the movie does, and the german poetess Ute; in the movie we find the poet Paf.

In "Robert Star" we can see K.M.M., child prodigy artist "drawing on the walls", a character that appears at the party of the collector De Gregorio in "The Great Beauty" where the teenager painter Carmelina "paints with the hands on a white wall"; name also present in "Robert Star in Venice" - Carmela, theatre director like Romano - in which there are analogous deliberately incongruous additions of opera music. 
Carmelina is presented with a portion of bignè; my K.M.M. eats "too many snacksand "chocolate snacks"

Enzo Masi Galliandi (in the sketch "Conferenza"), whose description-portrait seems very similar to Gambardella, is a writer interested in contemporary art and does snob quotes: Masi Galliandi "Streetwise, as they would say in Dublin", "Extraordinaire, as they would say in Paris". Jep Gambardella: "... as said by Nando Martellini, 1 - 0 for you"...

"Great Beauty" - Countess Colonna: "sad face, on the edge of discouragement", "congenital, absolute melancholy, which appears on the face of the Countess Colonna", "She, always sad" and "again more sad she looked out the window", "She nods sadly", "She had a sad smile", "The Countess ... looks back with nostalgia to the coat. The Count realizes it and tries to distract her".
My Tristolina-Sadly: "face painted like a sad emoticonexclaims "Oooooops! I was sad for a momentor "Too much talk today. I am saddened", "Ah yes, I was distracted. I was caught by sadness, sorry".

The surreal interview to the artist with an odd sensibility Talia Concept is also present in the sketch "Interview to Nick Boomato" (Contemporary Commedia dell'Arte) in which a journalist of the magazine MousseCream interviews the painter Nick Boomato with nearly-identical phrases about his idea of “clumps” and "echoes" while in the movie they are "vibrations". 

Nick "sitting on a high footstool", Jep Gambardella "on a unconfortable footstool"
Nick "Stop! False start! Is this a question?", Talia Concept "This interview starts badly".
MC "My girlfriend is " MC "... and so you don't make love", Talia Concept "she has sex with her boyfriend 11 times a day"
Nick "big bang ... hearing the echoes in the radio" , Talia Concept "I live of vibrations" "you listen to my poetic frequency", "it's my radar to intercept the world"
Nick "eat your heated mousse-cream". Into the next scene of the film Dadina (editor of a magazine like my Gozzy) meets Jep and offers "rice heated" to him, "The heated rice is better than jus cooked". Later, Jep and Dadina consume a "heated soup".

"Great Beauty": the joke of the final price repeated more times "Seven hundred, seven hundred" (scene of the plastic surgeon) is comparable to that in "Interview to Bi" about the Venetian exhibition "Italics" and reported by the art journal Exibart in 2008 "50 euros" - "50 euros". 

One of the central motifs of my sketch "Who's afraid of the Artist-Barman?" is centered on the theme of the death as a fashion funeral. 
In the film Jep educates Ramona on proper fashion (black dress) and etiquette for a funeral. 
Gambardella: "Thus the fundamental rule: one must never cry at a funeral. (...) That is forbidden. Because it's immoral". 
My Tearjerker 02: "Dressed in black, he looks straight  stiff and straight as a pole (...) wandering around the museums (...) tears are an obscene spectacle, smut of paraded emotivity, showy lack of self-control". 

Kappa-gnacca, as the rich Orietta described in the screenplay, looks "happy or sad? Just by looking at her you really can't tell. Melancholy cheerfulness? Happy disappointment?". She is - along with Enzo Masi Galliandi, Alejandra, Jep, Carmela and many others - part of the audience that goes to galleries, artists' studios and vernissage, that crowd that I defined Boom-Hemm, the new nowadays Bohème.

"Big Beauty": "The deejay prepares the hell", "The deejay changes the song", "Another haunting song and this time Jep ...". The collector De Gregorio organizes artistic performances at his dance party.

The rhythm of disco music accompanies the entire project "Commedia dell'Arte Contemporanea" from the "Interview with Bi, curator of Italo-disco-70's
"Bi" says "... it makes me dance (...) I want a can-can" and "this makes the dance floor just pop".
From "Conference": "My favorite gallerists ... DJs!". 
My writings and drawings are dating back some years ago as the substantial existing documents can proof. Part of the quoted writings are present in my blog.

American artist Kory Mario Mix exhibited an installation at the Biennale executed with of 5000 snacks and candy and offers to Robert a box of sweets (caramelle in italian).
In the screenplay (page 161), the American artist Ron Sweet (caramella in italian) exhibited at MAXXI an installation with 20000 photographs.