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The Great Beauty (2013)
"La grande bellezza" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 March 2014 (USA)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

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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. Written by Jon Mulvaney

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€9,200,000 (estimated)

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$23,442 (USA) (15 November 2013)

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$2,835,886 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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Italy's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards; the other six films considered were: Midway - Tra la vita e la morte (2013), Honey (2013), Razza bastarda (2012), Salvo (2013), A Five Star Life (2013), and Long Live Freedom (2013). See more »

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Jep Gambardella: This is how it always ends. With death. But first there was life, hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah... It's all settled beneath the chitter chatter and the noise, silence and sentiment, emotion and fear. The haggard, inconstant flashes of beauty. And then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity. All buried under the cover of the embarrassment of being in the world, blah, blah, blah... Beyond there is what lies beyond. And I don't deal with what lies beyond. Therefore... let this novel ...
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Italian cinema at its best
21 October 2013 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I had to go to see this movie twice in a row as the first time was not enough: I was literally overwhelmed by it like the Japanese tourist at the beginning of the movie.

The movie is about Rome, about true love, about decadence, about difficulty of communicating, about values.

But the most important subject is life itself and how to live without having regrets.

Many word have been spent about Sorrentino talent, so I am not going to talk about it: he is without doubts one of the most talented directors alive (and surely the best Italian).

The great beauty is well written, dialogues are intelligent and philosophic, really good food for thoughts.

The character are perfectly described and very, very well played (Toni Servillo is not a surprise because we knew him from The consequences of love and Il divo), but other actors like Sabrina Ferilli and Carlo Verdone, they have been a nice discover indeed.

You will leave the theatre with the awareness you have seen a masterpiece.

Highly recommended


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