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carlo buccirosso , sabrina ferilli , paolo sorrentino    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: carlo buccirosso, sabrina ferilli
  • Directors: paolo sorrentino
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: Italian
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EO87RSC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


scrittore di un solo libro giovanile, "l'apparato umano", jep gambardella, giornalista di costume, critico teatrale, opinionista tuttologo, compie sessantacinque anni chiamando a se', in una festa barocca e cafona, il campionario freaks di amici e conoscenti con cui ama trascorrere infinite serate sul bordo del suo terrazzo con vista sul colosseo. trasferitosi a roma in giovane eta', come un novello vitellone in cerca di fortuna, jep rifluisce presto nel girone dantesco dell'alto borgo, diventandone il cantore supremo, il divo disincantato. re di un bestiario umano senza speranza, a un passo dall'abisso, prossimo all'estinzione, eppure ancora sguaiatamente vitale fatto di poeti muti, attrici cocainomani fallite in procinto di scrivere un romanzo, cardinali-cuochi in odore di soglio pontificio, imprenditori erotomani che producono giocattoli, scrittrici di partito con carriera televisiva, drammaturghi di provincia che mai hanno esordito, misteriose spogliarelliste cinquantenni, sante oracolari pauperiste ospiti di una suite dell'hassler. jep gambardella tutti seduce e tutti fustiga con la sua lingua affilata, la sua intelligenza acuta, la sua disincantata ironia.

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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar material 17 Sep 2013
By Carmelo
Totally disagree with the previous review. thought the movie was incredibly engrossing and enjoyed every minute of the 2hr30min duration. For starters, it's a feast for the eyes. Rome itself and the way it is portrayed through the director's beautiful camera work would be enough of a spectacle even without the otherwise beautiful thought-provoking lines the film is punctuated with. I must disagree about the presumed missing depiction of the beauty of ordinary peoples' lives too. In fact it is admirably represented by the likes of Ramona who is a genuine woman devoid of all pretension and yet capable of deep thoughts, such as when she says to a jaded Jep after a night spent together: 'It was great not having sex, it's great being fond of one another', leaving him stunned. Other 'ordinary' people who are juxtaposed to the vacuous partying multitude are Jep's friend, the playwright, who eventually decides to leave that empty world behind and go back to his home village. The theme of going back to one's roots being elegantly represented with a food metaphor through the words of yet another ordinary-extraordinary person who couldn't be further away from the Roman jet set, the saint-nun, who claims she only eats 40 grams of roots a day, because 'roots are important'. I could go on and on, because I was totally mesmerized by this movie, not to mention its soundtrack. I derived absolute pleasure from watching the movie til the end of the credits. Hopefully you will be too.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly stunning 28 Oct 2013
Words - so little to describe so much. I don't mean to sound pretentious or even coy, just gobsmacked at the beauty and variety and depth and shallowness and joy and I loved it. I walked home and the stars seemed brighter and I felt glad to be here on this planet.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sumptuous, dazzling, witty and perverse 28 Oct 2013
A poignant meditation on life undertaken via a voyeuristic tour through Rome, and the lives of some of its most stylish denizens, arguably also the most spiritually lost. The photography is simply beautiful. Although there is no real story, the thread of reflection of the main character provides the logic of the film. Some of the dialogues are laugh out loud hilarious, other situations leave a taste of emptiness and regret. The real subject is the problem of purpose. Of course there are no answers, but it's hard to imagine a more wonderful way to contemplate the question.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life as Art 16 Sep 2013
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
The "Great Beauty" is the Rome that tourists too often miss, with sunlight playing on fountains and ancient intricate carvings, the haunting voices of choirs floating from balconies, children playing tag with white-robed nuns in lush green gardens glimpsed through stone archways.

Wealthy writer Jep Gambardella knows Rome well, but his appreciation of its beauty is heightened when, in the middle of his extravagant 65th birthday party he is struck by the decadence and vacuity of his life. Later, in post-dinner balcony drinks, the shallowness and empty pretentiousness of so-called close friends becomes almost intolerable. The death of a long-lost girl friend who apparently always loved him from a distance may also remind him of what might have been.

Made sharply aware that time is running out on his dilettante life, Jep does not do much about it, apart from take up with an ageing stripper with a heart, mocked by his snobbish friends for her name Ramona and choice of a see-through dress on her first outing with him. Great beauty seems inseparable from moments of soft porn. Apart from making a visually stunning film, full of people with striking features, often reduced to "living works of art" in their designer costumes, I am unsure what the director Sorrentino is trying to achieve. I would have liked more of a plot, and although I do not mind a film that is largely about visual design combined with music and a few witty comments, at nearly two-and-a-half hours, this is not quite enough to sustain one's interest, plus the frenetic partying became oppressive. Watching all this began to seem perhaps more questionable than the privileged self-delusion and emptiness of the existences lived out in the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Vacuum 16 April 2014
I was looking forward to watchng this movie - I love 'international film' and recently haven't been disappointed.
But this, despite prizes and good reviews, was vacuous, plotless and awful.
It is the first LoveFilm rental that I've given up on - so I can't add a spoiler about the ending (if there was one)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Considering the rave reviews I expected much more from this film. I felt the director was trying to be the new Fellini but couldn't quite pull it off. All the way through I kept thinking about Satyricon and all the other films which it resembled. It felt empty and unconvincing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An experience 19 April 2014
By Cowboy
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A poignant film that has everything. Life affirming, sad, funny with a marvellous soundtrack ranging from Europop to classical. Has become my favourite film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flowers of Beautiful Emptiness 13 April 2014
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Paolo Sorrentino’s much lauded, multi award winning film about La Dolce Vita, the hedonistic, excessive, stylish – but ultimately exhausted ennui of Roman high-life is itself a feast of beautiful, empty, melancholic ‘so what’ exhaustion.

The conundrum at the heart of this, is: how can you make a film about a group of sophisticated, pretentious, self-indulgent excessive artists or, more properly, for the majority, pseudo-artists, without your own art-work being subsumed into the gorgeous soft porn, sated, over-indulged luscious skin and vision-fest you are portraying?

I was not completely certain, despite the wit in the script, the gorgeousness of the vistas and especially the stunning, stylish women, which the camera lingers lovingly over, in their often naked voluptuousness, whether what I was watching was art, or merely another excuse to show beautiful women naked, and a parade of ageing powerful men clustered like vampires in a feeding frenzy round succulent female flesh.

The central character, through whose eyes we ingest Rome’s beauty, fiddling whilst – not necessarily Rome, but life itself, burns and is destroyed, is Jep Gambardella, a 65 year old journalist, of acerbic, mordant pen. Jep is lionised by his society, he is, as he always wanted to be, a mover and a shaker, and delights in being the sort of man who attends the best and wildest and excessive gatherings, but is not only the man who attends those parties – but the man whose dismissive words can make those parties FAIL. Once, many years ago he wrote a novel which was praised high, now he makes and unmakes reputations.

The unseen presence which stalks through the film is the grim reaper; death.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inappropriate use of a dwarf.
The first fifteen minutes are probably the most difficult, at which point my other half bailed out.
The transition scene from the death of the Chinese Tourist, against the... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Paul P White
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious and done before
I was looking forward to this film, but was really disappointed. Pretentious from the beginning to the end. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Lady of Shalott
5.0 out of 5 stars Winner
Well it won best foreign film at the oscars and it deserved it beautiful film romme looks stunning and a great sound track too
Published 8 days ago by B. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast
I ordered this on the 8th of April. It was waiting for me when I got home on the evening of 9th of April. Overnight!! Great service.
Published 11 days ago by Ron Fowler
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I bought 'The Great Beauty' on the strength of the positive reviews on Amazon. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to them. Read more
Published 11 days ago by DJ Dod
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite movie
The Great Beauty is a classic Italian movie with a sublimity not seen since Pedro Almodovar's superb 'Talk to Her'. Watch it and let it 'flow over you'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie
It's a beautiful movie with Italian memories...highly recommended to buy and watch.
Castings are amazing, director is high professional, colours, places, locations... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Masterpiece!
This is the best film I've seen in a long time. A slow burn humorous plot, with a great humanity. Cinegraphically hypnotic, with muisic to suite. Not for philistines though.
Published 15 days ago by Intelligent of the West Midlands.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Italian beauty about life and thereafter...
Wel written, well acted, well directed, well filmed, good music score, a visit of another Rome, and we remember Frellini, Visconti and many other italian directore in their glory... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
I watch it 3 times and I still do not understand everything but don't mind it will be a joy it watch it 4th time
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