Some names keep up the Italian reputation abroad. This is the case of Paolo Sorrentino, a Neapolitan film maker and writer who won the 2014 Oscars with “La Grande Bellezza”(The Great Beauty).  

His creations are based on a true study of backgrounds also emerging from the rendering of photographic scenes. The exhibition “The Cinema of Paolo Sorrentino. Photographs by Gianni Fiorito” by Maria Savarese is intended to discover the artist. The show is organized by the Ápeiron Cultural Association at the Certosa in San Giacomo of Capri. Housed in the “Cappella delle Donne” from 25th April to 15th June 2015, the aim of this exhibit is to make the room relive in front of the premises previously used for the cloistered seclusion. Thirty pictures of large and medium format captured by the photographer Gianni Fiorito on the sets of the most famous films: from “L’uomo in più” (2000) to “Il Divo” (2007) passing through “This must be the place” (2010 ) to “La Grande Bellezza” (2012) that launched him within the world of fame. An anthology analysing the Neapolitan film-maker’s work, by dividing the different parts of the framings: from the workers’ dance to the characters’ make-up, from the director’s movements on the set, to the familiarity of the actors’ dialogues.

Gianni Fiorito

Gianni Fiorito

Sara Rania: Photographer and director: Fiorito and Sorrentino. What kind of spirit integrates these two views into a single final direction?

Gianni Fiorito: A collaborative spirit. Like everyone working on the set, I do my job for the success of the film as film director. Since from the reading of the script and then during the making of the scene, I try to understand and interpret the story to be told. Photography, compared to the image in motion, is summary and can emphasise the scene.

S.R.: Decadence between intimate reflection and emphatic expression: the role of the film landscape

G.F.: The use of the landscape within the Italian films has always been a relevant topic to my job as a photographer. The extraordinary number of scenarios of the Italian Country is the initial sparkle and then background for stories and reports in films. The beauty of a landscape is clear to a camera framing, by stressing from time to time the mood of the story.

S.R.: Set photography and the Italian urban pattern: harmony of elements according to Gianni Fiorito

G.F.: Getting out from the studios and using real city partial views, strongly highlighted for our economic reasons in recent years, I believe it is very important for my job and our Italian film tradition. It gives me the opportunity to tell another story beyond the script. Through architectures, urban landscapes and their transformation, real life still going on beyond the set…

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