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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jep Gambardella
... Romano
... Ramona
... Lello Cava
... Trumeau
Pamela Villoresi ... Viola
Galatea Ranzi ... Stefania
Franco Graziosi ... Conte Colonna
... Stefano
... Alfio Bracco
Sonia Gessner ... Contessa Colonna
... Ragazza Esangue
... Andrea
... Lorena
... Ron Sweet
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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:

€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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The character of Talia Concept is an obvious reference to artist Marina Abramovic. See more »

Quotes

Jep Gambardella: Please, I'm a gentleman. Don't destroy my only certainty.
[to Stefania]
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) See more »

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There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart
Vocals by Lorraine Bowen
Remixed by Paolo Scotti
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A new take on an old story
13 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

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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