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    Presented by at Harvard Film Archive

    September 20, 2013



    As a follow-up to the gritty realism of his acclaimed 2008 crime drama Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone presents a dark fairy tale in the tradition of Fellini’s The White Sheik and Visconti’s Bellissima, about the entertainment industry and its victims. Reality tells the story of Luciano, a fishmonger in Naples seeking to remake himself in order to earn a spot as a contestant on the reality TV show Big Brother. Luciano's search for fame leads him down a rabbit hole into the world of seductive images without referents. By setting his film in some of the most soulless locales in contemporary Naples, Garrone suggests that the struggles of his protagonist are a parable for an Italy stranded between an inaccessible past and a present made up of alienating illusion and false consciousness.

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    Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque
    24 Quincy Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    $9 - Regular Admission
    $7 - Non-Harvard Students, Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens
    Regular HFA screenings are free for all Harvard students with a valid photo ID.
    $12 - Special Event Ticket Price for all patrons
    Discounts apply for Harvard Film Archive Members

    Phone: 617-496-3211

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