The Great Beauty (2013)

Original Title

La grande bellezza




Paolo Sorrentino




Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Giovanna Vignola, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi, Franco Graziosi, Sonia Gessner, Giorgio Pasotti, Giusi Merli, Dario Cantarelli, Roberto Herlitzka, Serena Grandi, Massimo Popolizio, Anna Della Rosa, Luca Marinelli, Ivan Franek, Vernon Dobtcheff, Lillo, Luciano Virgilio, Anita Kravos, Massimo De Francovich, Aldo Ralli, Isabella Ferrari, Annaluisa Capasa, Fanny Ardant, Antonello Venditti


Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) is a journalist and a theatre critic, with an undeniable charm, committed to disentangle the social events of Rome immersed in the beauty of the past and stands out more than nowadays' squalor.


The Great Beauty is a mediocre film, a bad "remake" of La dolce vita. There are some decent flashes, but they should be credited to Rome and not to the film. Foreigners, in particular Americans, like it maybe because they have an unreal idea of Italy.

Two things I did like about this film: the music which was great and the photography which was outstanding. Academy Award undeserved.


"To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength."- CĂ©line's Journey to the End of the Night.

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