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 and Peace. (December 2013)

  • 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.