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The Great Beauty (2013)

La grande bellezza (original title)
Not Rated | | 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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$2,835,886 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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One of Sorrentino's inspirations for this movie was Flaubert's famous statement that he intended to write a novel about nothing. Sorrentino stated, "By 'nothing' he meant the rumors and gossip, the thousand ways we have of wasting time, the things that irritate us or delight us but that are so short-lived that they make us doubt the meaning of life. That 'nothing' makes up many people's entire lives." He also said that he wanted to depict "the great thing about life, the fact that you can be surprised by something that you'd decided was vulgar and wretched, and then suddenly what is vulgar and wretched reveals its own entirely unexpected grace." See more »

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Jep Gambardella: The trains at our parties are the best in Rome. They're the best cause they go nowhere.
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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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