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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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Paolo Sorrentino

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Servillo ... Jep Gambardella
Carlo Verdone ... Romano
Sabrina Ferilli ... Ramona
Carlo Buccirosso ... Lello Cava
Iaia Forte ... Trumeau
Pamela Villoresi Pamela Villoresi ... Viola
Galatea Ranzi Galatea Ranzi ... Stefania
Franco Graziosi Franco Graziosi ... Conte Colonna
Giorgio Pasotti ... Stefano
Massimo Popolizio ... Alfio Bracco
Sonia Gessner Sonia Gessner ... Contessa Colonna
Anna Della Rosa ... Ragazza Esangue
Luca Marinelli ... Andrea
Serena Grandi ... Lorena
Ivan Franek ... Ron Sweet
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | Japanese | Spanish | Chinese

Release Date:

14 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Beauty See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€9,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€2,262,228 (Italy), 27 May 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,442, 15 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,852,400, 20 April 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,712,400, 20 April 2014
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Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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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The Lamb
Composed by John Tavener and William Blake
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Like Swimming in Honey
7 September 2013 | by thedozinglionSee all my reviews

This film is a modern masterpiece of Cinema. Luca Bigazzi's cinematography is beautiful, with elegant tracking shots of Rome that draw the viewer into the loveliness of Jep's world (even if age and experience seems to have robbed him of the ability to feel and see this great beauty himself).

The enchanting score of choral works by David Lang (I Lie), Vladimir Martynov (The Beatitudes), John Tavener (The Lamb) and Arvo Part (My Heart is in the Highlands) give depth to the wonderful images of Rome. This haunting soundtrack replaces the need for dialogue and adds intensity to Servillo's melancholic performance.

Servillo's acting is superb from his moments of dry humour to the heartbreaking intensity of those feelings he cannot quite hold on to.

La Grande Bellezza gives a window into Roman life that is probably only fully understood by a fellow Roman. However all can appreciate the aesthetic pleasure of Sorrentino's Rome and the bittersweet meanderings of its characters.

This is a cinema of the highest order, imbued with elegance & style. For the viewer it is like swimming in honey. Grazie Signore Sorrentino.


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