Ferrante Fever review – enticing portrait of a literary sensation

Published on May 17, 2019

Elizabeth Strout, Jonathan Franzen and others on mysterious author Elena Ferrante’s work and persona

Straight-up documentaries about literary subjects are so rarely released theatrically, it’s hard not to cheer when one makes it into cinemas. So hooray for those responsible for nudging this look into the work of Italian novelist Elena Ferrante into view; it can’t have been easy, even though Ferrante’s books are bestsellers around the world, especially in the Us. The fact that the author’s name is likely to be a pseudonym and that no one knows who “Elena Ferrante” is, lives, or looks like, or even if she is a woman, must have made selling this film even more of a challenge. That’s particularly true nowadays given how crucial an author’s appearance, accessibility and physical presence at publicity events is to a work’s success.

Inevitably, director Giacomo Durzi spends

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Author: Leslie Felperin