Annalisa Piras, 2012
Who could fail to like a film that opens with someone reading FT Weekend? Or uses Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Dante? This documentary, based on former Economist editor Bill Emmott’s book Good Italy, Bad Italy, has Emmott himself as a Michael-Moore-style participant-presenter, out to diagnose Italy’s many ills. In addition to the usual seven sins there are endemic corruption and nepotism, indifference towards pollution, mind-numbing thrall to the Church and a tendency for the talented to move abroad. Set against this awful catalogue, is little more than the culture of the past, the “creativity” of the people, and the invention of Nutella.