Sorrentino brings Mattia Torre’s play Six Easy Pieces to TV and it will be unmissable

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Imagine it as a wonderful creative relay between the late author Mattia Torre And Paolo Sorrentino: he, from up there, gave the sprint and the famous director took the baton, transforming his own Six easy pieces into something else. Yes, simply “other”: we struggle to be more precise than that because here we are faced with a sort of evolution of the species. Torre’s shows selected by the public service, and re-proposed on Rai Tre every Saturday at 10pm from November 19th, I am not in fact mere theater on tv (which, let’s face it, always puts a little sadness). They are plays staged at Ambra Jovinelli with the declared intention of being broadcast on TV. The approach is therefore different, as is the grammar of the vision: we are not limited to shooting a show designed for another medium.

Paolo Sorrentino And Mattia Torre therefore go in search of the perfect hybridization: the square between intelligent prose (by Torre), cinematic visual quality (by Paolo Sorrentino) and television entertainment (read: rhythm, lightness and usability). And, guess what, a little bit? They find it. Man, they find it.

Let’s take for example Throat: the reading proposed in preview on RaiPlay. On paper it would seem the most anti-television thing there is: on a stage, with zero scenography, an actor reads a text. For half an hour. And you think, “I’ll never make it to the end.” Instead, the slow approach gradually gets faster and faster and after 10 ‘you realize that your nose is glued to the screen. That genius of Torre caught all your attention talking about Italians’ obsession with food: a banality, on paper, but not on video. Not with Torre and Sorrentino in the middle, and Valerio Arpea (former ghost of Torre in Boris 4) which reads. Those three do a magic where you find yourself laughing, as you may not even do when you look Zelig, but above all to reflect. She’s busy reading even though she’s sporting a party dress. And you, the viewer, are dancing until you get dizzy.

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The secret of this miracle – because in fact it is a bit – the widow explains it to us Francesca Rocca: “For Mattia, comedy has always been a way to get everyone on board and then … make them feel bad”. Which is true if you think back to, for example fiction The vertical line. “If there is a typical feature of my husband’s theater it is that it is not boring”, Rocca continues, “When I suggested he go to the theater he always asked me: how long does it last? He could not hold works that exceeded 75 ‘”. In fact, his are between 30 and 75 minutes, which we sincerely thank. “Torre’s is a comic theater that moves on delicate, profound and even frightening themes”, Sorrentino echoes, “his is a very free language that is not a slave to some drift of recent times”. Small spoiler: in Perfetta we will talk about period!

paolo calabresi and valerio aprea in six easy pieces

Paolo Calabresi and Valerio Aprea in Six easy pieces

courtesy photo / rai

If Mattia amazes for the contents, the aesthetics of the works are certainly no less. Sorrentino manages to clean the theater of that dusty patina that usually bogged down him when he was on TV. He eliminates the distance between the stage and the sofa and, playing with the angles and close-ups of the spectators, he makes you feel there: in the audience. At the same time, however, Sorrentino takes a step back: his imprint is there, it is clear, but it does not overwhelm that of Torre and the actors. It is as if he is always one step behind … which would not be an obvious choice for any artist, let alone for a Oscar Prize. “When a story works, you don’t need to add anything: it makes up for it with scenography and imagination when the text is weak”, explains Sorrentino. He therefore had only to “find the right rhythm to enhance the text”. Then he allowed himself small footnotes at the opening or closing, taking up the interpreters before or after the performance.

And then, precisely, there are them: Torre’s travel companions. They all joined, to pay homage to the memory of their “captain” who would have turned 50 this year. The first of the Six Easy Works, broadcast on November 19, is in fact interpreted by Valerio Mastandrea; Geppi Cucciari lends itself to Perfect; Valerio Aprea is present in three works (Here and now in tandem with Paolo Calabrese and the readings Throat And In the middle of the sea), while Massimo De Lorenzo, Carlo De Ruggeri, Cristiana Pellegrino and Giordana Agrusta are the dysfunctional family of 456. “Torre told the misery without judging it from afar: she put herself inside the baseness and laughed at it”, comments Mastandrea.

One last thing: di easy, this whole operation, has nothing. And – did we mention that already? well we repeat – it’s beautiful.

Sorrentino brings Mattia Torre’s play Six Easy Pieces to TV and it will be unmissable