Artists today, he claims, are only interested in “showing off their noses” in newspapers and magazines, rather than “reaching down into the heart of mystery and bringing it out into the light of day, undefiled, still mysterious”.
Yet Infinity isn’t all posture and opinion – it’s cleverer than that. We are also given glimpses of Povone’s heartbreaking marriage, not to mention the often skewed but solid friendship between Massimo and Pavone himself. For all of Pavone’s braggadocio there is a sense of fragility within him: “Why is it that men are so ashamed of being seen to be vulnerable?’ he asks. “It is not as if others do not know it, since we all come down to the same thing in the end.” It’s in questions like these that Josipovici is at his most compassionate.
First posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012.