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The Great Beauty

la_grande_bellezza_ver3Drama, Comedy; Rated NR; 142 min; 2013.  Italian/English subtitles

WINNER 26th EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Editing

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth 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 to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

 

“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

 

“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

 

 

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