The King of Laughter, Mario Martone’s movie released in 2021, was nominated for twenty-six international awards, and won fourteen, including Best Costume Design for the David di Donatello and Best Film at 2021 Golden Ciak Awards.
Martone is best known for his work in theatre, opera and cinema. His latest movie named “Nostalgia” is Italy’s spearhead for the Oscar submission and his interpretation of “Barbiere di Siviglia”and the “Traviata,” which he adapted to a television format, were screened on channels all over the nation.
The King of Laughter recounts the life of Eduardo Scarpetta, and, in 133 minutes of screening, it covers the artist’s 72 years of folly, extravagance and genius.
The iconic comic actor and screen writer is played by Toni Servillo and other cast members include Maria Mazionale, Cristiana Dell’Anna, Antonia Truppo and Lino Musella.
The movie is visually rich, with lavish scenery of the Naples of the Belle Époque era, with glimpses of the streets, palaces and colors of the time.
Eccentric cannot even come close to describing Scarpetta’s life, which was defined by scandals, drama, women, illegitimate children, transgression, but, most of all, by incredible irony and love for life’s unexpected twists and turns.
The movie also explores the feud with writer Gabriele D’Annunzio, how Scarpetta’s work led to the first copyright lawsuit in the country, and his relationship with his illegitimate son, Neapolitan writer, director and actor, Eduardo de Filippo, one of the most important Italian artists of the 20th century.
The King of Laughter has been acclaimed internationally for its beauty and impeccable execution. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “It’s a dazzling and technically brilliant feat” and Backseat Mafia, a media outlet focused on movies and music, praised “Servillo’s majestic central performance.”
The movie will be available on various digital platforms starting from November 25.
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