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The Great Beauty (2013) More at IMDbPro »La grande bellezza (original title)

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The Great Beauty -- The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today's Rome.
The Great Beauty -- Director Paolo Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda discuss the Great Beauty.
The Great Beauty -- The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today's Rome.
The Great Beauty -- For decades journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and a stunning performance by Toni Servillo, this film is a breathtaking tale of decadence and lost love.
The Great Beauty -- For decades journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and a stunning performance by Toni Servillo, this film is a breathtaking tale of decadence and lost love.

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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Toni Servillo ... Jep Gambardella

Carlo Verdone ... Romano

Sabrina Ferilli ... Ramona

Carlo Buccirosso ... Lello Cava
Iaia Forte ... Trumeau
Pamela Villoresi ... Viola
Galatea Ranzi ... Stefania
Franco Graziosi ... Conte Colonna

Giorgio Pasotti ... Stefano

Massimo Popolizio ... Alfio Bracco
Sonia Gessner ... Contessa Colonna
Anna Della Rosa ... Ragazza esangue
Luca Marinelli ... Andrea

Serena Grandi ... Lorena
Ivan Franek ... Ron Sweet

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Arturo
Dario Cantarelli ... Assistente santa
Pasquale Petrolo ... Lillo De Gregorio (as Lillo Petrolo)
Luciano Virgilio ... Alfredo
Aldo Ralli ... Cardinale
Giusi Merli ... Santa
Giovanna Vignola ... Dadina
Anita Kravos ... Talia Concept
Ludovico Caldarera ... Padre Basilicata
Maria Laura Rondanini ... Madre Basilicata (as Marialaura Rondanini)
Francesca Golia ... Suora botox
Silvia Munguia ... Ahè
Massimo De Francovich ... Egidio
Roberto Herlitzka ... Cardinal Bellucci

Isabella Ferrari ... Orietta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Aguirre ... Mariachi festa
Maria Rosaria Alati ... Donna anziana botox
Francesca Amodio ... Carmelina
Stefania Barca ... Donna botox
Gabriella Belisario ... Ragazza botox (as Gabriela Belisario)
Alessia Bellotto ... Ammiratrice Jep
Concetta Buzzanca ... Signora matrimonio
Gino Camini ... Mariachi festa
Annaluisa Capasa ... Elisa De Santis
Roberta Cartocci ... Guida turistica
Severino Cesari ... Sebastiano Paf
Margherita Cornali ... Donna 'adoro'
Jamaica Corridori ... Ballerina burlesque
Natalia De Maria ... Cubista festa Jep
Carmelo Di Marco ... Uomo jogging

Giulia Di Quilio ... Donna coppia esibizionista
Giorgia Ferrero ... Ammiratrice Jep
Melania Fiore ... Infermiera pos
Lorenzo Gioielli ... Uomo coppia esibizionista
Mayda Gonzales ... Mariachi festa
Maria Lovetti ... Contessa festa
Roberto Lumiento ... Trans
Agata Malyszko ... Polina
Giulia Maulucci ... Ammiratrice Jep
Paolo Mazzarelli ... Attore fiction
Flavio Mieli ... Jep giovane
Claudio Minutillo Turtur ... Figlio Lillo
Daniele Pilli ... Prete funerale
Monica Piseddu ... Madre chiostro
Pedro Ramirez ... Mariachi festa
Maura Rossi ... Pazza bar
Massimo Santangelo ... Autista pullman
Catarina Scalaprice ... Ammiratrice Jep
Carlo Sorrentino ... 2° figlio Lillo
Elisabetta Ventura ... Ballerina ventilatore
Sara Wakayanagi ... Cantante giapponese

Fanny Ardant ... Herself (uncredited)

Flaminia Bonciani ... Escort (uncredited)

Gianpiero Cognoli ... Agente DIA (uncredited)
Stefano Fregni ... Barbone (uncredited)
Piero Gimondo ... (uncredited)
Leo Mantovani ... (uncredited)
Luca Serrao ... Ragazzo (uncredited)
Roald Smeets ... Gas (uncredited)
Antonello Venditti ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Paolo Sorrentino 
 
Writing credits
Paolo Sorrentino (story)

Paolo Sorrentino (screenplay) &
Umberto Contarello (screenplay)

Produced by
Vivien Aslanian .... associate producer
Carlotta Calori .... associate producer
Francesca Cima .... producer
Fabio Conversi .... co-producer
Gennaro Formisano .... line producer
Nicola Giuliano .... producer
Romain Le Grand .... associate producer
Guendalina Ponti .... associate producer
Viola Prestieri .... executive producer
Muriel Sauzay .... associate producer
Jérôme Seydoux .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Lele Marchitelli 
 
Cinematography by
Luca Bigazzi 
 
Film Editing by
Cristiano Travaglioli 
 
Casting by
Anna Maria Sambucco 
 
Production Design by
Stefania Cella 
 
Costume Design by
Daniela Ciancio 
 
Makeup Department
Laura Angeletti .... additional make up artist
Massimo Badiali .... additional hair stylist
Amel Ben Soltane .... additional make up artist
Claudia Bianchi .... additional hair stylist
Simona Ferri .... additional make up artist
Daniele Fiori .... additional hair stylist
Giammarco Gaeta .... additional hair stylist
Giorgiana Gregorini .... additional make up artist
Rossella Gregorio .... makeup artist
Fabio Ligorio .... additional hair stylist
Veronica Luongo .... additional make up artist
Melissa Mazzocco .... additional make up artist
Lidia Minì .... additional make up artist
Maurizio Nardi .... custom tattoo artist
Peter Nicastro .... hair department head
Stefano Nigro .... additional hair stylist
Marco Perna .... key hair stylist
Stefania Petrini .... additional hair stylist
Donatella Podano .... additional make up artist
Sharin Sabatini .... additional hair stylist (as Sharim Sabatini)
Aldo Signoretti .... hair and wig designer
Aldo Signoretti .... wigs
Matteo Silvi .... key makeup artist
Maurizio Silvi .... makeup department head
Patrizia Tofani .... additional make up artist
Lino Valentini .... additional make up artist
Pasquale Valentini .... additional hair stylist
Massimo Allinoro .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Frédérique Foglia .... additional make up artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Giuseppe Di Gangi .... unit manager
Raffaello Vignoli .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Baladine Ardant Conversi .... assistant director
Andrea Armani .... assistant director
Davide Bertoni .... first assistant director
Jacopo Bonvicini .... second assistant director
Giulio Cangiano .... assistant director
Domenico Emanuele de Feudis .... assistant director (as Domenico De Feudis)
Serena Lupo .... assistant director
Piero Messina .... assistant director
Fabrizio Provinciali .... assistant director
Giorgio Servillo .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Manuel Antonini .... assistant propman
Massimo Avolio .... props
Stefano Barberi .... labourer
Giorgio Barullo .... painter
Giulia Busnengo .... assistant set decorator
Rocco Ceraolo .... second assistant production designer
Francesca Esposito .... second assistant set decorator
Ludovica Ferrario .... assistant production designer
Fabio Galvagno .... labourer
Alessandro Marangolo .... assistant propman
Cristina Vittoria Marazzi .... second assistant production designer
Tiziano Martella .... assistant property master
Alice Melloni .... props
Fabrizio Mucci .... labourer
Angelo Panzironi .... assistant set decorator
Stefano Picciarelli .... props
Anca Rafan .... assistant set decorator (as Anca Gabriela Rafan)
Daniele Rossi Espagnet .... labourer
Angelo Spirito .... labourer
 
Sound Department
Matteo Bendinelli .... field recordist
Dario Calvari .... sound editor
Emanuele Cecere .... sound
Damiano Cesarini .... assistant sound effects editor
Alessandro Checcacci .... sound mixer
Fabio Curi .... dubbing technician
Mauro Eusepi .... foley artist
Silvia Moraes .... sound editor
Mirko Perri .... sound effects editor
Francesco Sabez .... boom operator
Marco Saveriano .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Tiberio Angeloni .... special effects
Manuel Beccaro .... model maker
Franco Galiano .... special effects
Massimo Giovannetti .... special effects
Luca Ricci .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Enrico Barone .... visual effects coordinator: Chromatica
Marco Bersani .... assistant compositor: Chromatica
Giulia Cadeddu .... assistant compositor: Chromatica
Alessandro Comienta .... animator: Chromatica
Luca Della Grotta .... digital artist: Chromatica
Lena Di Gennaro .... assistant compositor: Chromatica
Giampaolo Fragale .... animator: Chromatica
Rodolfo Migliari .... visual effects supervisor: Chromatica
Chiara Milita .... digital compositor: Chromatica
Roberto Ruffino .... assistant compositor: Chromatica
Roberto Saba .... digital compositor: Chromatica
Marco Tripodi .... digital compositor: Chromatica
Stefano Valente .... digital compositor: Chromatica
 
Stunts
Mauro Caterini .... stunt coordinator
Jonatha Marzeddu .... stunt coordinator: underwater scenes
Rocco Russo .... stunts
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt coordinator: underwater scenes
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luan Amelio .... second assistant camera
Daniele Anzellotti .... grip
Emiliano Bambusi .... assistant camera
Massimo Barbona .... grip
Cristiano Biagioli .... grip
Salvatore Bognanni .... first assistant camera
Alessandro Brambilla .... steadicam operator
Paolo Cafiero .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Aldo Chessari .... underwater cinematographer
Maurizio Cremisini .... underwater cinematographer: first assistant
Daria D'Antonio .... camera operator: "b" camera
Daria D'Antonio .... cinematographer: second unit
Alì Darvish .... electrician
Elisabetta Di Salvo .... video assist
Anna Fantini .... assistant still photographer
Gianni Fiorito .... still photographer
Marco Francescon .... generator operator
Francesco Galli .... electrician
Rafael Jeneral .... additional assistant camera
Michele Giuseppe Lacerenza .... electrician (as Michele Lacerenza)
Marco Maggi .... additional assistant camera
Emiliano Mambasi .... underwater cinematographer: second assistant
Danilo Marcelli .... grip
Patrizio Marra .... key grip
Alberto Meloni .... trainee
Guido Mestre .... grip
Romualdo Nati .... supertechnocrane technician
Cesare Pascarella .... grip
Fabio Policastro .... electrician
Roberto Rinalduzzi .... second assistant camera
Daniel Rizzoni .... electrician
Mauro Romor .... electrician
Fabio Rovoletto .... electrician
Alessandro Saulini .... gaffer
Simone Trecca .... underwater cinematographer: second assistant
Stefano Valentinuzzi .... grip
Luca Bigazzi .... camera operator (uncredited)
Giorgio Pezzotti .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Manuela De Santis .... casting assistant
Ardalan Nabavinejad .... street casting
Auronda Scalera .... street casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonella Angelini .... seamstress
Orietta Badò .... seamstress
Luca Canfora .... assistant costume designer
Rita Ciaramaglia .... seamstress
Roberta Ciciani .... set seamstress
Carmelina D'Andrea .... seamstress
Giuseppina Dora .... seamstress (as Giuseppina Dosa)
Chiara Fabbri .... assistant costume designer
Clara Ferrarini .... seamstress
Laura Maccarone .... assistant costume designer
Olga Michalowska .... assistant costume designer
Chiara Nobile .... assistant costume designer
Giovanna Paglia .... seamstress
Sabrina Salvitti .... seamstress
Anna Sciotti .... seamstress
Gradisca Sciotti .... seamstress
Amelia Valentini .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Marco Buonanno .... digital cleaning
Andrea Campajola .... backstage editor
Marco Conte .... post-production manager
Francesco Di Stefano .... second assistant editor
Tommaso Gallone .... first assistant editor
Mirko Giambartolomei .... scanning
Moreno Menchi .... scanning
Ardalan Nabavinejad .... third assistant editor
Andrea Orsini .... color timer
Davide Piastra .... conformation
Filippo Pichi .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Goffredo Gibellini .... score engineer & mixer
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra contractor
Gianluca Porelli .... music recording assistant
Elena Zingali .... music licensing
 
Transportation Department
Maurizio Angelli .... driver
Valentino De Simone .... driver
Danilo Di Ruzza .... driver
Marco Ferreri .... driver
Stefano Ghersi .... driver
Roberto Nesi .... driver
Carlo Nevola .... driver
Stefano Rosati .... driver
Giuliano Troiano .... driver
 
Other crew
Clorinda Abate .... legal consultant
Odette Adamski .... representative: Babe Films
Antonella Anselmo .... representative: Indigo Film
Rossella Aterrano .... cashier
Cristina Aubry .... voice dubbing: Giovanna Vignola
Ilaria Avanzi .... representative: Indigo Film
Valerio Azzali .... backstage director
Benedetta Barroero .... intern
Laura Branchini .... representative: Indigo Film
Lucile Brum .... representative: Pathé
Oriana Buttacavoli .... representative: Babe Films
Iaia Calderaro .... legal consultant
Sara Calvanico .... representative: Indigo Film
Sara Cavagnini .... trainee
Paolo Centore .... representative: Indigo Film
Alessandra Cevenini .... representative: Indigo Film
Savino Cirulli .... coordination: Rome
Alessandro Coni .... legal consultant
Claudia Contento .... intern
Olivier Cottes Poinel .... representative: Pathé
Stefano d'Avella .... administrative director
Lorenzo De Sanctis .... legal consultant
Alessandro Del Vecchio .... production secretary
Umberto Dell'Isola .... administration: Pronos 94
Francesca Di Giamberardi .... titles: supervision (as Francesca Di Giamberardino)
Valeria Di Graziano .... representative: Indigo Film
Lorenzo Distante .... assistant production secretary
Caterina Felleca .... administration: Pronos 94
Marco Ferreri .... crowd marshall
Clemence Forestier .... representative: Babe Films (as Clémence Forestier)
Zoe Giudice .... intern
Alix Gugenheim .... representative: Babe Films
Gianluca Jodice .... backstage director
Isabelle Laratte .... legal consultant: Babe Films
Charlotte Laurendeau .... representative: Pathé
Lara Lucchetta .... researcher
Riccardo Marchegiani .... representative: Babe Films
Maria Soledad Marchi .... intern
Lorenzo Moneta .... titles
Daniela Moramarco .... production coordinator
Matteo Vito Murro .... titles
Giuseppe Nardi .... location manager
Samantha Natalucci .... continuity
Emanuela Neresine .... administration: Pronos 94
Giulia Odoardi .... intern
Stefano Pajetta .... titles
Deborah Petrarchi .... additional unit manager
Piernicola Pinnola .... assistant location manager
Guendalina Ponti .... legal consultant
Maurizio Porro .... production secretary
Jerico Rinaldi .... caterer
Lorenzo Rossi Espagnet .... production secretary
Flore Saunois .... trainee
Nicola Scamarcio .... assistant production secretary
Antonio Silvestro .... administration: Pronos 94
Danilo Simotti .... assistant location manager
Gianluca Tittonel .... location manager
Anna Tramontano .... administration
Elena Tramontano .... administration: Pronos 94
Massimiliano Tramontano .... administration
Alessandra Troisi .... coordination: Rome
Valentina Viscione .... administration: Pronos 94
Andrea Zoso .... production finance
 
Thanks
Giorgio Armani .... thanks
Fiammetta Baralla .... thanks
Giulio Brogi .... thanks
Daniela D'Antonio .... thanks
Giuseppe D'Avanzo .... in memory of
Roberto De Francesco .... special thanks
Antonello Venditti .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"La grande bellezza" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
142 min
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Trivia:
In an interview conducted by the Italian radio station Radio 2, Paolo Sorrentino claimed that, at some point during production, he was considering to call the film "L'Apparato Umano". "L'Apparato Umano" also is the title of the fictional novel written by the protagonist of the film, Jep Gambardella, played by Toni Servillo.See more »
Quotes:
Jep Gambardella:When I came to Rome at the age of 26, I fell pretty swiftly into what might be defined as the whirl of the high life, but I didn't just want to live the high life, i wanted to be the king of the high life. I didn't just want to attend parties, i wanted the power to make them fail.See more »
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48 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
A new take on an old story, 13 October 2013
Author: Nikita Rybak from Australia

The Great Beauty is such an unusual concoction of sights and sounds, it's a wonder it works at all. Watching it is like seeing a walking bicycle and realizing, to your amazement, that one can actually ride it.

The movie follows Jep Gambardella, the king of Rome's night life. Jep came to Rome in his twenties, after having written a very promising novel, but 40 years later he is settled as a journalist for a high-class literary magazine. Jep has friends, who are just as frustrated and unsatisfied with their lives as he is, despite having all their red Ferraris and high-rise condos. Together they keep each other company and form a support group of sorts. The presence of other miserable people convinces them it's OK, the life is still worth living and facade is still worth maintaining.

Jep has invested last four decades into becoming the Rome's chief socialite and now he has the power to make party a success or disaster. But there's something compulsive about his pursuit of entertainment and admiration. Like a functioning alcoholic, Jep doesn't enjoy his life, but has no will to change it either. He reminds me of Michael Fassbender's sex-addict character in Shame. At the time of orgasm, Fassbender's expression was not that of pleasure, but of pain.

Soon after his 65th birthday, Jep notes to himself that he no longer can afford doing things he doesn't want to do. Instead, he looks up his old friends, learns more about his now-dead girlfriend who left him 40 years ago and develops a friendship with 41 year old stripper named Ramona. Ramona doesn't try to appear important or intellectual, she seems to exist entirely in the present moment. (That presence of mind has its own price, as we learn later)

One of the appealing things about Great Beauty is that its characters are not aware of how funny they are. The pinnacle of comical absurdity is a 104 year old Catholic 'saint'. She's not official saint yet, we're told, but everyone calls her Santa (Saint) Maria. She looks like a mummy that just walked out of its glass case in British Museum, communicates with animals and at one point parodies the 'stair crawl' from the Exorcist. And yet, at no point the film is making fun of her. Nobody seems to question their sanity when Santa Maria asks a flock of migrating flamingos to rest on Jep's balcony.

Sometimes I think the Great Beauty is making it intentionally difficult for us to get to the story. The opening scene with Jep's euro-trash birthday party lasts several minutes longer than storytelling rules require. The changes between scenes are often abrupt and even stunning, leaving the viewer to fill the gaps. There's no obvious drama or big emotional payoff, as you'd expect from an American movie. And yet, at its core, it's the same old story about a writer who has lost his inspiration and tries to figure his place in the world. I feel sympathy for him and his journey, just like I would in any other film.

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