The Great Beauty

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
DURATION: 142 mins
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Paolo Sorrentino’s (Il Divo, The Consequences of Love) deliriously entertaining 2014 Academy Award and BAFTA winning film plays out like a modern La Dolce Vita. Sorrentino regular Toni Servillo – whose entrance in the film is worth the price of admission alone – plays Jep Gambardella, a once acclaimed novelist-turned-columnist, through whose world-weary eyes we witness the decadence of a bankrupt culture consuming itself. The result is a brilliant, stunningly shot satire of life in Berlusconi’s Italy.

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6 Comments for 'The Great Beauty'

  • Zach Moss

    18/01/14 • 12:48 AM

    This film oozes pure style, truly memorable!

  • rakieta

    13/01/14 • 10:14 PM

    tried to watch it as part of curzon home cinema - the subtitles are not only out of sync for most of the film but they also completely disappear about 15 minutes before the end of the film

  • Stephen@CurzonHomeCinema

    04/11/13 • 3:30 PM

    Great to hear all the great reviews. Hi Jonnyr9, the film will be released on Curzon Home Cinema from January 13, 2014

  • PeterU

    24/09/13 • 6:37 PM

    Must agree with morganmack - even the film's financiers, Banco Populare di Vicenza, got a placement which sort of undermined the point of the film which imo is that academics and writers watched but said nothing as Italy bunga bungaed itself to the dogs . Why didn't they speak up to stop the film being shot against the backdrop of Martini ads. Fabulous mash up of politics, religion, spiritual renewal and tastefully shot and artistically essential lap dancing. Bit too long. Bit too arty but worth it in the end.

  • jonnyr9

    12/09/13 • 9:55 PM

    Looking forward to its release on demand: what is the release date? A Sorrentino fan...

  • morganmack

    08/09/13 • 5:37 PM

    Wow! What a truly great piece of cinematic art this is. Visually stunning and supported by an excellent score, polished performances and an enigmatic protagonist. The only criticism I would make is that the product placements are vulgar and obtrusive - although subtlety is not Sorrentino's strongest point so is true to his style. Highly recommended viewing!

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Cast & Credits

Leading cast and crew members
Director Paolo Sorrentino
Jep Toni Servillo
Romano Carlo Verdone
Ramona Sabrina Ferilli