La grande bellezza

La grande bellezza

The great beauty

DVD - 2014 | Italian | Two-DVD special edition
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For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.

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MB85CAL
Sep 06, 2017

Rome plays its part well not only as the cinematographic backdrop of the story but as a character in her own right. Very Roman, very Italian. Fellini would have enjoyed it . . . Sorrentino did very well.

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biffblack
Oct 15, 2016

The pits. A rip-off of every Fellini movie ever made -- with none of the insight or wit. The Great Beauty has production values -- good cinematography and flashy editing -- to camouflage its boring, bankrupt script. The so-called characters onscreen are complete ciphers; the actors playing these roles are physically ugly beyond endurance. Who could ask for anything less? The leading man is an EYESORE -- he's uglier than the Satanic mortician from Phantasm and not nearly as fascinating.

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tmlampinen
Apr 23, 2016

I continue to watch this film regularly and every viewing seems as fresh. The cinematography is nothing short of breathtaking, the musical selections sublime, and screenplay at once thoughtful, compassionate and ironic. My only regret (that will undoubtedly be short-lived) is not having a copy of my own.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 15, 2014

"I was looking for the great beauty. I didn't find it."
Gorgeous, grand, and sensual Italian film that won best foreign film this year. Another called this Fellini lite, which is inaccurate, as Fellini was not exactly known for his depth and this film, despite the surface hedonism and decadence, has an undercurrent of melancholy, nostalgia, and loss, which gives it a heft and complexity. Toni Servillo gives a gloriously understated and charming performance as a veteran journalist, raconteur, and man about town. Director/writer Paolo Sorrentino, who also directed "Il Divo" and "This Must be the Place," is invoking Fellini, esp. "La Dolce Vita" and "Roma," but he's not merely imitating him. The protagonist does seem like a direct descendant of Marcello Mastroianni's journalist from "La Dolce Vita," but older and a little more bitter. Like that film, it's a bittersweet love letter to the spirituality and sensuality of Roman life. One of the best Italian films I've seen in years and one the calls for multiple viewings. Ignore the haters on this one.

hania4987 Sep 13, 2014

a few picturesque scenes and interesting lines do not make a great movie ... I have to agree with Jep ... "blah, blah, blah"

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GuyN
Aug 23, 2014

The cinematography is wonderful and the camera moves through the Roman cityscape to some marvelous music. For this alone I give the 31/2 stars. Well, the lead actor does a magnificent job, but his character had one great novel and still can display caustic, creative wit, yet seems not to grow or care. We spend a lot of time seeing just how decadent the Roman glitterati and literati can be. Well, I guess that's traditional, but I found it boring. Maybe there was a lot I did not get in the film. Perhaps I didn't miss much.

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HellbillyHillhound
Aug 05, 2014

Fantastic film!! I sank deep into this one right away. 2hrs. 22mins. but doesn't seem that long. Beautiful shots, nice scene transitions, fun characters... I felt Italian after I watched it. Jep made me feel excited about getting older.

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