The Great Beauty


Review: Journalist and once promising novelist, Jep Gambardella has his 65th birthday. Before his birthday he charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Things start to change for him when he learns about the death of his friend’s wife. This is a woman who he once loved as an 18 year old, his life has now been thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes…
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Actors: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Giorgio Pasotti, Massimo Popolizio, Anna Della Rosa, Luca Marinelli, Serena Grandi and Ivan Franek
Year: 2013
Genre: Comedy and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
In Italy the title for this film is La Grande Bellezza. This did remind me of the work that the director Federico Fellini would direct and come up with. It has that atmosphere about it. The visuals are very good and beautiful to look at. The director has got a good eye for people and also makes the best of filming in Rome. The only thing I would say is that it is very long and didn’t need to be. Well over the two hours standing in at 2 hours 21 minutes although I have to say that the first cut was 183 minutes long. At the Academy Awards in 2014 this won one Oscar and that was for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (Italy). At the Golden Globe Awards in 2014 this won one award and that was for Best Foreign Language Film (Italy). At the Bafta Awards also is in 2014 this won one award and that was for Best Film not in the English Language. 


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