The great beauty
From Library Staff
An intensely gorgeous movie about an older man who pauses in his hedonistic pursuit of pleasure to notice the beauty of life.
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... Read More »
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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
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."
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.
Now there's something
This is how it always ends.
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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