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The great beauty

(DVD - 2014 - Italian)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: The great beauty
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (142 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima ; written by Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello ; directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Notes: Title from container
DVD release of the 2013 motion picture
Special features: New conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda ; new interview with actor Toni Servillo ; new interview with screenwriter Contarello ; deleted scenes ; trailer ; booklet featuring an essay by critic Phillip Lopate
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9781604658361
1604658363
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign GREAT
Distributor: [New York, N.Y.] :, The Criterion Collection
Credits: Cinematography, Luca Bigazzi ; editor, Cristiano Travaglioli ; music, Lele Marchitelli.
Performers: Carlo Verdone, Toni Servillo, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso.
System Details: DVD ; widescreen (2.35:1) presentation ; Dolby digital 5.1 surround
Other Language: In Italian, with optional subtitles in English
Subject Headings: Older authors Italy Rome Drama Bachelors Italy Rome Drama Rome (Italy) Drama Motion pictures, Italian Foreign films Italy
Genre/Form: Fiction films
Feature films
Topical Term: Older authors
Bachelors
Motion pictures, Italian
Foreign films
Italian language edition
Publisher No: CC2354DDVD The Criterion Collection
CC2354D The Criterion Collection
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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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Oct 25, 2014
  • bouqiniste 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"

Aug 23, 2014
  • GuyN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The cinematography is wonderful and the camera moves through the Roman cityscape to some marvelous music. For this alone I give the 31/2 stars. Well, the lead actor does a magnificent job, but his character had one great novel and still can display caustic, creative wit, yet seems not to grow or care. We spend a lot of time seeing just how decadent the Roman glitterati and literati can be. Well, I guess that's traditional, but I found it boring. Maybe there was a lot I did not get in the film. Perhaps I didn't miss much.

Aug 05, 2014
  • HellbillyHillhound rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic film!! I sank deep into this one right away. 2hrs. 22mins. but doesn't seem that long. Beautiful shots, nice scene transitions, fun characters... I felt Italian after I watched it. Jep made me feel excited about getting older.

Aug 02, 2014
  • mjayh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Seeing a movie like this really drives home the realization that true art is so seldom achieved. Simply a marvel to behold, a great beauty.

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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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