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The great beauty

(DVD - 2014 - Italian)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The great beauty
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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 himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.

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Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781604658361
1604658363
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign GREAT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (142 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in

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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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Nov 15, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I was looking for the great beauty. I didn't find it."
Gorgeous, grand, and sensual Italian film that won best foreign film this year. Another called this Fellini lite, which is inaccurate, as Fellini was not exactly known for his depth and this film, despite the surface hedonism and decadence, has an undercurrent of melancholy, nostalgia, and loss, which gives it a heft and complexity. Toni Servillo gives a gloriously understated and charming performance as a veteran journalist, raconteur, and man about town. Director/writer Paolo Sorrentino, who also directed "Il Divo" and "This Must be the Place," is invoking Fellini, esp. "La Dolce Vita" and "Roma," but he's not merely imitating him. The protagonist does seem like a direct descendant of Marcello Mastroianni's journalist from "La Dolce Vita," but older and a little more bitter. Like that film, it's a bittersweet love letter to the spirituality and sensuality of Roman life. One of the best Italian films I've seen in years and one the calls for multiple viewings. Ignore the haters on this one.

Nov 15, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"I was looking for the great beauty. I didn't find it."
Gorgeous, grand, and sensual Italian film that won best foreign film this year. Another called this Fellini lite, which is inaccurate, as Fellini was not exactly known for his depth and this film, despite the surface hedonism and decadence, has an undercurrent of melancholy, nostalgia, and loss, which gives it a heft and complexity. Toni Servillo gives a gloriously understated and charming performance as a veteran journalist, raconteur, and man about town. Director/writer Paolo Sorrentino, who also directed "Il Divo" and "This Must be the Place," is invoking Fellini, esp. "La Dolce Vita" and "Roma," but he's not merely imitating him. The protagonist does seem like a direct descendant of Marcello Mastroianni's journalist from "La Dolce Vita," but older and a little more bitter. Like that film, it's a bittersweet love letter to the spirituality and sensuality of Roman life. One of the best Italian films I've seen in years and one the calls for multiple viewings. Ignore the haters on this one.

Among the greatest films I've seen! And certainly among the most beautifully photographed.

Oct 25, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_TimL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stunningly beautiful, thoughtful film, full of honest reflections on the human condition. The only movie I've gone back to watch a second time in a theater. The soundtrack itself is a work of art, with several pieces of strange beauty by composers I hadn't heard of.

Oct 19, 2014
  • ms_mustard rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

display and despair. moments of spirituality and loss. Fellini-esque, indeed. beautiful cinematography, including the credits.

Oct 11, 2014
  • empbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fellini 50 years later. Very good movie with interesting characters. Not much changed since Dolce Vita, maybe the drugs.

Oct 07, 2014
  • 8217549 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very beautiful movie

Oct 07, 2014
  • downsman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of those movies that watching is more of an immersive experience than a dramatic excursion. Sumptuous, but not something to take on if you are seeking a compelling plot.

Sep 27, 2014
  • RNMartinez rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Fellini low calorie

Sep 13, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

a few picturesque scenes and interesting lines do not make a great movie ... I have to agree with Jep ... "blah, blah, blah"

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May 09, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Some frontal nudity here and there, and some foul languages. Not suitable for children.

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