The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

135 minutes
2013
Italy / France Comedy / Drama

The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today's Rome. Rome, in the splendor of summer. Tourists flock to the Janiculum Hill: a Japanese man collapses, felled by such beauty. Jep Gambardella – a handsome man with irresistible charm, despite the first signs of ageing – enjoys the city’s social life to the full. He attends chic dinners and parties, where his sparkling wit and pleasant company are always welcome. A successful journalist and inveterate seducer, in his youth he wrote a novel which earned him a literary award and a reputation as a frustrated writer. He masks his disenchantment behind a cynical attitude, which makes him view the world with bitter lucidity. On the terrace of his Rome apartment which overlooks the Coliseum, he hosts parties where “the human apparatus” – that was the title of his novel – is stripped bare, and where the comedy of nothingness is played out. Weary of his lifestyle, Jep sometimes dreams of taking up his pen again, haunted by memories of a youthful love which he still hangs on to. But will he ever manage it? Can he overcome this profound disgust for himself and others, in a city whose dazzling beauty sometimes leads to paralysis? Oscar 2013 - Best foreign movie European Film Awards - European Film, Director, Actor, Editor Golden Globes 2013 - Best Foreign Language Film IFF Karlovy Vary 2013

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2013
Italy / France Comedy / Drama

The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today's Rome.

Rome, in the splendor of summer. Tourists flock to the Janiculum Hill: a Japanese man collapses, felled by such beauty. Jep Gambardella – a handsome man with irresistible charm, despite the first signs of ageing – enjoys the city’s social life to the full. He attends chic dinners and parties, where his sparkling wit and pleasant company are always welcome. A successful journalist and inveterate seducer, in his youth he wrote a novel which earned him a literary award and a reputation as a frustrated writer. He masks his disenchantment behind a cynical attitude, which makes him view the world with bitter lucidity. On the terrace of his Rome apartment which overlooks the Coliseum, he hosts parties where “the human apparatus” – that was the title of his novel – is stripped bare, and where the comedy of nothingness is played out. Weary of his lifestyle, Jep sometimes dreams of taking up his pen again, haunted by memories of a youthful love which he still hangs on to. But will he ever manage it? Can he overcome this profound disgust for himself and others, in a city whose dazzling beauty sometimes leads to paralysis?

Oscar 2013 - Best foreign movie
European Film Awards - European Film, Director, Actor, Editor
Golden Globes 2013 - Best Foreign Language Film
IFF Karlovy Vary 2013

Creators

Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello, Lele Marchitelli

Cast

Luca Marinelli, Vernon Dobtcheff, Fanny Ardant, Massimo De Francovich, Ivan Franěk, Isabella Ferrari, Lorenzo Gioielli, Nicola Giuliano, Franco Graziosi, Iaia Forte, Massimo Popolizio, Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Giorgio Pasotti, Serena Grandi, Anna Della Rosa, Stefania Barca, Paolo Mazzarelli, Gianpiero Cognoli, Pamela Villoresi, Pasquale Petrolo, Giusi Merli, Elisabetta Ventura, Giulia Di Quilio, Leo Mantovani, Galatea Ranzi, Natalia De Maria

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