Curzio Malaparte: a controversial man of letters
an Anti-Céline who anticipates Hemingways’ Farewell to arms
No place in Italy has such amplitude of horizons, such depth in feelings. It is a place only for strong men, for free spirits by all means
Villa Malaparte or ‘Home like me’
A house like me, hard, strange, sincere
The house there was already, I have just drawn the landscape!
About the architecture
But how do the inside and outside look like?
Developed up on three floors, the living room is the beating heart of the structure. Four wide windows framing the Monacone, the Faraglioni, Punta Capannella and the endless blue horizon enshrine furniture of design leaned on the basalt floor.
The crystal background fireplace is amazing: imagine the sapphire blue sea framed by ardent flames.
Then we may find the guest apartment (nicknamed the hospice) and his lover’s bedroom (nicknamed as the Favorite). In particular, his studio has precious floor mosaics inspired by Goethe’s sketches in his Trip to Italy, painted by the artist Alberto Savinio.
Outside, the pre-Columbian style stairway unites the sea with the panoramic terrace, where a white sculptural Lecorbuserian suggestion protects the guests from indiscreet looks.
A rigid product and in anger with the nature
A wreckage remained on the rock after the reflux of the waves
A Homeric ship ended to dry
What’s for sure is that Villa Malaparte has a leading role in an unusual dialogue between the Mediterranean and the mountain behind it.
Great admirer of Chinese culture, Curzio Malaparte leaves the Villa to the People’s Republic of China. At the time though, China still waits to be recognized by law as international subject.
His will is therefore victoriously grasped by his heirs.
Today’s the headquarter of the cultural Giorgio Ronchi’s Trust.
Unfortunately, it is not open to the public. Nevertheless, you can admire it from the above – by climbing the serpentine panoramic Pizzolungo walk – or by the sea – sailing on a boat.
From Godard to the 69th Cannes Festival Edition
A terrace that throws itself as a red gull toward the billows of the sea
Le Mépris | Jean-Luc Godard (1963)
The director Liliana Cavani turns Malaparte’s masterpiece ‘The Skin‘ in a movie back in 1981 too, where Marcello Mastroianni plays masterfully this flamboyant writer.
In the end, the 69th Cannes Film Festival pays its tribute to Villa Malaparte with a delicate golden lighted official poster, as the demonstration of how it is still long live in the collective imaginary and everlasting symbol of the art-house cinema.
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