The great beauty

The great beauty

DVD - 2014 | Italian
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"65-year-old Jep Gambardella is a jaded journalist and wealthy bon vivan whose early promise as a novelist has never been fulfilled, though his infamy remains. He lives in a luxurious apartment overlooking the Colosseum and is a regular of Rome's party circuit for the elite, a never-ending nocturnal parade of decadence that rages through antique palaces, immense villas and opulent terraces around the Eternal City. His worldview begins to shift after a man arrives on his doorstep and informs him of the death of his first love. Both troubled and moved by the revelation Jep is flooded with memories of the past and ponders the promise of what many remain..."--Container.
Publisher: Distributed by Madman Entertainment, [Richmond, Victoria] : [2014]
2013 ,
Branch Call Number: DVD GREA
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 135 min.)
Alternative Title: La Grande bellezza
Grande bellezza


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Jan 20, 2019

This is a portrait of a wealthy intellectual/journalist who begins to reflect on his life and his values as he wanders through a number of encounters and experiences in the weeks following his 65th birthday. The thinness of the plot is entirely appropriate to this extended satire of the elite of Roman society. "La grande bellezza" is strongly reminiscent of Federico Fellini's "La dolce vita", but without Fellini's very darkest elements. The music is achingly beautiful. Surely no film has ever photographed the buildings, monuments, fountains, works of art, estates, gardens, and rivers of a great city more magnificently. The fact that the city is Rome intensifies the effects of the unsurpassed cinematography.

I watched it 3 times just to confirm that I hadn't dreamed this film. A stylistic "tour de force" (and an Academy Award winner). Very highly recommended.

Dec 21, 2018

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.

Dec 19, 2018

Initially, I thought this was ersatz Fellini- but then I realized that the old man IS Italy- this made the layers of past and present resonate on deeper levels.

Oct 26, 2018

Yes, it "Felliniesque" alright. People leading lives of quite desperation; story centers on one-hit wonder who, in old age, ponders his life.

Splendid cinematography and music.

Yes, it's a masterpiece.

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.

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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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