The great beauty

The great beauty

DVD - 2014 | Italian
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For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781604658361
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (142 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Alternative Title: Original title: Grande bellezza


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Jan 02, 2017

An enjoyable look at Italians content to rest on their laurels and past glories. It contains an ironic nod to Fellini ( this adds an interesting inter textual element to the film )- be careful though the film packs some bite and meaning to it ( more than some may think ). This is a beautiful film about the dangers inherent in complacency.

Oct 18, 2015

I see that a lot of people like this movie, but far too artsy for my taste. It had several sub-plots and characters that were introduced - and then died - literally. I couldn't figure out what was going on most of the time.

Sep 14, 2015

Tony Servillo is a great actor, always fun and often moving. The film is a remake of 8 1/2, without Fellini's bitter satire. It's glitz and glamour without a heart. It took him 40 years to figure out his life was sterile? 40 years?

misspeach Sep 14, 2015

Such a wonderful, beautiful movie -- just saw it for the 6th time in the past 2 or so years. Beautifully written, directed and acted. Hard to believe Toni Servillo is the same actor who played Andreotti in "Il Divo."

Sep 10, 2015

Paolo Sorrentino’s glorious rumination on vanity and mortality revisits Fellini’s "Roma" using many of the old master’s flourishes yet adding a very human coda all its own. With his apartment poised between the Coliseum’s iconic grandeur on one side and a tranquil convent on the other, Jep is likewise torn between an earthly desire for esteem and a deepening spiritual need as he enters into his final years. With a gorgeous soundtrack that goes from whispered chorales and guitar ballads to crashing arias, Sorrentino’s camera lingers over drunken partygoers at an all-night rave and silent worshippers alike as each character slowly wends their way toward whatever light they’re drawn to—for beauty, like love and faith, is where you find it. “It all ends in death…” an older and wiser Jep assures us, “…but before that there is life.” And life is one thing Sorrentino’s grand opus has in spades. Breathtaking.

tibiri Jun 25, 2015


Jun 16, 2015

Loved actor Toni Servillo from the first scene at his birthday party. This is wonderful.

Jun 15, 2015

This is a 2013 Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
The film opens with placid, picturesqu shots of Rome waking up and going about its routines as tourists stroll around.
In this first sequence, a Japanese tourist happily raises his camera and promptly drops dead, which doesn't make any sense at all.
There are so many secens that don't make any sense at all.
So I quit viewing halfway through.

Apr 21, 2015

A huge disappointment. Very boring, long and surprise surprise with the message of this movie, yeah it’s been done before but way better. The guy’s condo is amazing though, what a fantastic patio!

Apr 01, 2015

The tiresome false-gaiety of decadent libertines. Central character spends his life in empty self-indulgence, then wonders why he feels unfulfilled.

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Jul 14, 2014

Jep: The (dancing) trains at our parties
are the best ones in Rome!
Guest: You think so?
Jep: I do. They're the best because they go nowhere.


Sister Maria: I took a vow of poverty.
And you can't talk about poverty...
you have to live it.


Dadina: my predecessor, said
"Tonight I'll do two things,
eat soup and have a shag."
Jep: Two things that contradict
each other.

Dadina: That's what I'd say too,
and she'd reply, in a serious tone:
"No, Dadina, they don't,
because they're both hot."

Jul 12, 2014

The most important thing I discovered
a few days after turning 65
is that I can't waste any more time
doing things I don't want to do.

Jul 12, 2014

Now there's something
This is how it always ends.
With death.
But first there was life.
Hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah.
It is all settled beneath
the chitter chatter and the noise.
Silence and sentiment.
Emotion and fear.
The haggard, inconstant
flashes of beauty.
And then the wretched squalor
and miserable humanity.
All buried under the cover of the
embarrassment of being in the world.
Beyond there is what lies beyond.
I don't deal
with what lies beyond.
let this novel begin.
After all... it's just a trick.
Yes, it's just a trick.


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May 09, 2014

Sexual Content: Some frontal nudity here and there, and some foul languages. Not suitable for children.


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