The Great Beauty  {La grande bellezza}

The Great Beauty
La grande bellezza

Italy, 2013, 142 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Social Issues
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles

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Academy Award winner for BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM!

Gorgeously photographed in Rome and Tuscany, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is a dazzling, lyrical and at times surreal dramatic comedy, like a modern day La Dolce Vita. The magnetic Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah) plays dapper journalist Jep Gambardella, slick and soulful, who has been a permanent fixture in Rome’s literary and social circles since the legendary success of his one and only novel. Armed with a roguish charm, he has seduced his way through the city’s lavish night life for decades, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life. Turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties and cafés, Jep discovers Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Directed and co-written by Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, Il Divo).

"The Great Beauty, an essay on nostalgia, gives even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies and the reviving artistry of Paolo Sorrentino ... it is the year’s grandest, most exhilarating foreign film."
—Richard and Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine

"A radiant work on the meaning of life ... The Great Beauty is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino's mind, a lot more."
—Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"A deliriously alive movie ... a wildly inventive and sometimes thrilling ode to sensibility and to some of its linguistic cousins, like sensation, sensitivity and sentiment."
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"The face of Toni Servillo is one of the treasures of modern cinema ... Look no further, if you wish to know whether, where, and in what guise the spirit of Fellini remains at work — and, better still, at play."
—Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

"I can’t remember when a film last gave me such a surge of pure pleasure — no, outright euphoria — as The Great Beauty ... I find the film infinitely resonant, as inexhaustibly explorable as Rome itself."
—Jonathan Romney, Film Comment


DIRECTOR: Paolo Sorrentino
Producer: Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano
Editor: Cristiano Travaglioli
Screenwriter: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
Cinematographer: Luca Bigazzi
Principal Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, 

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