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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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A Grande Beleza  »

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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 Viva la libertà (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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Chekhov's gun
8 January 2014 | by (Albania) – See all my reviews

To my opinion the movie shows a great work done by the director , actors and also a great soundtrack, but it lacks a purpose. After watching so many beautiful parts of life, parties, music, love, belief I was not getting the point of why certain elements had to be on the movie. It looks like many elements are inserted there only for the reason of appearing beautiful under a certain light and with a certain music on the background and that's it. I would like to mention here the Chekhov's gun principle that goes more or less like : "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there." . To me this movie has a lot of pistols hanging on walls and very few of them are fired.


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