The Great Beauty
Friday, January 10, 7:00 PM
Palm Springs High School
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The Great Beauty
La grande bellezza
Italy, 2013, 142 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
Topics: Romance, Romantic Comedy
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Italian English Sub-Titles
Awards: Top Prize at European Film Awards
Roman social doyen and famous journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) bobs and weaves through a sea of fashionistas, intellectuals and the elite throngs bumping and grinding into the wee hours on his rooftop.
It is his 65th birthday and anybody who is anybody is here. Yet despite the frivolity and decadence unraveling in his honor, Jep seems disconnected. Numb. Jep was once a celebrated author, though he seems to have blown his creative wad on his first book, written four decades earlier. Thereafter he has held court in the media world, but now, despite his lofty position, his intellectual rigor starts to curl back on itself, drawing him into an existential crisis exacerbated by the revelation that the love of his life – the one that got away – had written for years of her ongoing love for him in her diaries. And now she is dead.
Echoing Fellini’s indictment of bourgeois decadence in La Dolce Vita, Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellaza is at once an ode to Roman splendor and a critique of the hollow excesses that very beauty inspires.
"A densely packed, often astonishing cinematic feast that honors Rome in all its splendor and superficiality."
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
Winner: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, European Film Awards; Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes
Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Producer
DIRECTOR: Paolo Sorrentino
Producer: Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano
Editor: Cristiano Travaglioli
Screenwriter: Umberto Contarello, Paolo Sorrentino
Cinematographer: Luca Bigazzi
Music: Lele Marchitelli
Principal Cast: Toni Sevillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi
Filmography: This Must be the Place (2011)
Il Divo (2008)
The Family Friend (2006)
The Consequences of Love (2004)
One Man Up (2001)
Official Film Website