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Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist and once promising novelist, spends his easy life among Rome‚s high society in a swirl of rooftop parties and late-night soirees. But when he learns of the death of his friend‚s wife ‚ a woman he loved as an 18-year-old ‚ his life is thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes. A dazzling, dizzying, mesmerising and hypnotic cinematic tour-de-force that has drawn comparisons with Italian greats such as La Dolce Vita and La Notte. A triumphant return to form for world-renowned visionary director Paulo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be The Place). Starring the multi award-winning Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah). Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, the film was hotly tipped for the Palme d‚Or. 5 STARS ‚ Time Out, The Telegraph, The Irish Times.

Starring:
Sabrina Ferilli, Iaia Forte
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 21 minutes
Starring Sabrina Ferilli, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Toni Servillo, Massimo Popolizio, Carlo Verdone, Giorgio Pasotti, Carlo Buccirosso
Director Paolo Sorrentino
Genres Comedy
Studio Artificial Eye
Rental release 13 January 2014
Main languages Italian
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 21 minutes
Starring Sabrina Ferilli, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Toni Servillo, Massimo Popolizio, Carlo Verdone, Giorgio Pasotti, Carlo Buccirosso
Director Paolo Sorrentino
Genres Comedy
Studio Fusion Media Sales
Rental release 13 January 2014
Main languages Italian
Subtitles English

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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Carmelo on 17 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
The Great Beauty is Paolo Sorrentino’s love letter to Italian cinema,Roman decadence, La Dolce Vita in the character of Jep Gambardella (Tony Servillo),who is a man,who is now 65,a journalist,who once wrote a famous first novel,who never quite fulfilled his promise, but instead came to Rome to be the king of the nightlife of endless partying, surrounded by beautiful women (of which he’s bedded a few) and the upper classes,art,culture,bourgeois extravagance,happenings.He is a giddy butterfly, going from party to party,tasting the giddy nectar of hedonism. He is shewn celebrating his 65th birthday in his rooftop apartment,dancing the night away,with a great smile on his lugubrious face.He’s a flaneur,a voyeur of the beautiful young things,near-at-hand, he serves as a confidant and friend of the not-so-young,but beautifully preserved (by botox injections) of those who wish to cling on to their youth. He is haunted by his past,getting flashbacks to his youth,to the girl he truly loved.He dreams of the sea as he falls asleep glimpsed in the ceiling above his bed, a memory of a day they spent together,when he swam alone as a motorboat approached and she looked out concerned from the beach as he dived below to avoid catastrophe.

Gambardella meets early on the husband of his lost love,who brings news of her death, and he is so shaken,he takes stock of this empty life-style,giving way to more spiritual concerns.He weeps at the funeral of a friend’s son.Although there are more parties, visits to restaurants and night-time walks with his new stripper girl friend; soon a Mother Teresa-type figure and a cardinal,who is shaping up to be a future Pope,more interested in food than spiritual matters,begin to appear.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By FA Vine on 28 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
Intense, ironically beautiful and at times almost surreal, this is essentially a stunning and profound treatise, expounded with few words and a skeletal, almost non-existent plot, on the limitations of beauty and the elusiveness of happiness in the face of mortality, impermanence and, ultimately, death. Its cascade of startling imagery and quick-fire dialogue, when indeed there is dialogue at all, belies the slow pace of its unfolding theme and meaning; as such, it is perhaps a little over-long and is thus not a film for those of an impatient disposition or short attention span. It is, nonetheless, an amazing achievement, aesthetically, stylistically, technically and philosophically, leavened by laugh-out-loud moments prompted by its sparse but sharp script and an often sudden, powerful and surprising juxtaposition of images. Despite its flaws (and isn't all beauty, after all, ultimately flawed?), I strongly recommend this film to anyone with any kind of enduring interest in cinema and/or the deeper questions of our frail existence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2015
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Paulo Sorrentino's films build up slowly, in this case operating with pulses of action from party to night time walks in Rome to surreal interiors and exteriors and back again. Accompanied by wonderful photography and a fine score the story circles rather than progresses around the life of Jep Gambardella, a socialite journalist whose career (if such it be) is based on one novel and a lot of acquaintances. But it is also an excuse to peregrinate around Rome, a city that appears almost as an organism unchanged by its human inhabitants. This is not narrative cinema, but it is very good.
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Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning film ‘The Great Beauty’ reunites him with his regular collaborator Toni Servillo, in an ambitious film which tries to make sense of the eternal city of Rome in the 21st century.

Servlllo plays Jep Gambardella, a well-known journalist who also wrote a novel in his 20s. He’s also the man who knows absolutely everyone who is anyone in Rome, the king of socialites. Jep turns 65 with yet another brazenly lavish party in a city which seems to be living it up nightly. He spends his days and nights wandering the streets of a city he knows as intimately as he does its residents. Occasionally still working as a journalist, this cultivated gentleman is content enough to breeze past life without a care in the world.

For Jep, Rome has everything he needs, he has no need to go anywhere else. We journey through Jep’s decadent life of really doing nothing at all, meeting various friends who all seemingly have the same carefree attitude to life as he does. Sorrentino mocks everyone from the bronzed old-moneyed rich and powerful, to religious figures, artists and writers and even the mafia. Jep shows us Rome in all its decaying glory, whilst assessing his own trivial existence. The past intermingles with the present, reality with memories and dreams. Jep typifies the self-delusional attitude of many in this film, continuously seeking something that has meaning but cops out every time. Ageing has just made him more indifferent, resigning himself to yet more disappointment.

Sorrentino balances Rome’s often hollow ostentation with melancholia and a genuine love for the delights of this beautiful city, many of which are often hidden from the public. With such a sumptuous city for inspiration, its no surprise that this film looks absolutely dazzling.
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