My mother was visiting the other day so I ended up watching some of the closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics from Torino. What were they thinking? Answer: Fellini meets Cirque the Soleil and they decide to go skating.
Perhaps such spectacles are meant to be viewed from a good stadium-sized distance because it looked positiviely silly up close on the TV screen as countless pseudo Florentine/Swiss guards skated about in seemingly random and puzzling movements. This was followed by some bombshell Italian actress who engaged in her own non-sequitor gesticulations. All the while some other beautiful people seemed to be flailing while hanging from rings or ropes high above the stage. Surely Italian culture has more to offer than this. But then again, have you seen some of their variety shows?