But if viewers want a penetrating look into the unholy collusion of government and the image industry they're going to have to do the work themselves. Gandini's documentary is as superficial as his smarmy target, wallowing in montage after montage of young women gyrating in public auditions to become variety show veline models, Billionaire Club patrons and jet-setters vying for a piece of Berlusconi's action (talent agent/unabashed fascist sympathizer Lele Mora and extortion-paparazzo Fabrizio Corona get considerable screen time), and the odyssey of a Van Damme wannabe whose dream of achieving TV fame vaguely exemplifies the delusions of an entire populace. Gandini's investigation remains much too narrow, and he never connects the dots—not only does he take half the film to first mention the major conflict of interest in the Prime Minister's command of the garbage-saturated airwaves, but Gandini fails to even address the direct assaults on free press and speech that have inevitably resulted from it. A wasted opportunity.
Opens February 12