A retired orchestra conductor is on vacation with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.
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.
Geremia, an aging tailor/money lender, is a repulsive, mean, stingy man who lives alone in his shabby house with his scornful, bedridden mother. He has a morbid, obsessive relationship with... See full summary »
Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.Written by
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According to Paolo Sorrentino, the character of filmmaker Mick (Harvey Keitel), is far from being an autobiographical creation, and is a fairly non-specific filmmaker, "a little bit of Roger Corman, a bit of Sidney Lumet, a bit of William Friedkin". See more »
Brenda (Jane Fonda) says that she "paid for the Actors Studio".
The Actors Studio has always been free, the only requirement was to be accepted. See more »
She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)
(Sia (as Furler) - Chris Braide - Giorgio Tuinfort - David Guetta
Performed by David Guetta feat. Sia
(c) 2012 EMI Music Publishing Italia S.R.L.
SM Publishing (Italy) S.R.L. - Dipiu S.R.L.
(c) Piano Songs / Talpa Music
Published in Italy by BMG Rights Management (Italy) S.R.L.
(p) 2012 What a Music Ltd License Exclusive
EMI Music France
Courtesy of Warner Music Italia S.R.L. See more »
* The parade of weird characters in the Alpine luxury resort where the entire film is set - from an obese football player with a tattoo of Karl Marx on his back to a masseuse with braces who declares she likes touching more than talking, and imitates dancing cartoon characters in her spare time.
* The way Jane Fonda's character is introduced - initially filmed from the back, then showing her smile in the reflection of a mirror, and finally facing the camera, radiating maximum diva charisma.
* The abundance of funny dialogue. Here's just one example: - 'Im great in bed'. - 'I know' - 'How do you know?' - 'Because you're my daughter'.
* The lush cinematography, making the film a feast for the eyes.
* The fact that this film is funny, dramatic and melancholic at the same time, and also surprising, entertaining, beautiful, philosophical and versatile.
* Michael Caine, at 82, playing one of the best parts of his career.
* The completely over-the-top video clip by Paloma Faith, which is integrated in the film as a dream sequence.
* The end of the dramatic conversation between Jane Fonda and Harvey Keitel, with both faces filmed sideways in close-up, on both sides of the screen, and finally Fonda's hand on Keitel's cheek.
* The overall sense of watching an extraordinary film.
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