Alexander Stille

Alexander Stille is San Paolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia. His most recent book is a memoir, The Force of Things: A Marriage in War in Peace. (April 2015)

  • A Film Without a Country

    February 21, 2015

    Films that have won in the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars have usually satisfied a taste for otherness. The case of Human Capital, which was Italy’s entry for this year’s Oscar but was not nominated by the Academy, may be instructive in this regard.

  • Dancing to Nowhere

    January 9, 2014

    If Marcello in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita had spent another four decades flitting about the high life of Rome he might have turned into someone like Jep Gambardella, the protagonist of Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza.

  • From Cocaine to Fascism

    September 16, 2013

    Behind 1920s Italy’s official façade of bourgeois morality, Pitigrilli’s novels described a world driven by sex, power, and greed. Mussolini was a fan.

  • 'La Grande Bellezza'


    La Grande Bellezza is a visual feast, one of the relatively few films that takes full advantage of the extraordinary, almost hallucinatory beauty of Rome.