The Great Beauty

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Italy | 2013 | 142 minutes | Paolo Sorrentino

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Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Winner, Best Foreign Film
Director Paolo Sorrentino re-teams with star Toni Servillo for a modern-day La Dolce Vita, a lushly visual homage to the Eternal City of Rome and a sardonic critique of the upper class.

Topping over 15 best-of-year lists, this astonishing cinematic feat plunges into the world of Jep Gambardella (the incomparable Toni Servillo), a famous journalist who 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.

"A radiant work on the meaning of life ... The Great Beauty is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino's mind, a lot more." —Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"A deliriously alive movie ... a wildly inventive and sometimes thrilling ode to sensibility and to some of its linguistic cousins, like sensation, sensitivity and sentiment." —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"The face of Toni Servillo is one of the treasures of modern cinema ... Look no further, if you wish to know whether, where, and in what guise the spirit of Fellini remains at work — and, better still, at play." —Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

"The Great Beauty is a subtly daring cinematic high-wire act ... And it might just be the most unforgettable film of the year." —Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

  • Original Language Title: La Grande Bellezza
  • Director: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Principal Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Savrina Ferilli, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi
  • Country: Italy
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 142 minutes
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  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Janus Films