Date Screened: 17th February 2014
Rome, in the splendour of summer, where Jep, a handsome man with irresistible charm despite the early signs of ageing, enjoys the city’s social life to the full. A successful journalist, he hides his growing disenchantment behind a cynical mask. Weary of his lifestyle, he is haunted by the memories of a youthful love he holds onto. Beautiful shot, this is a swooning love letter to Roman decadence.
DIRECTOR: Paolo Sorrentino
Toni Servillo , Carlo Verdone , Sabrina Ferilli
RUNNING TIME: 142 minutes
COUNTRY: Italy, France
BBFC RATING: 15 (Click here for the full classification report)
Reaction Index Score: 86%
Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza is a compelling tragicomedy of Italy’s leisured classes in the tradition of Antonioni’s La Notte or Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. It is a pure sensual overload of richness and strangeness and sadness, a film sometimes on the point of swooning with dissolute languour, savouring its own ennui like a truffle. But more often it’s defiantly rocking out, keeping the party going as the night sky pales, with all the vigour of well-preserved, middle-aged rich people who can do hedonism better than the young … Click here for the full review
Rome is the Eternal City, but it is also one of the great cities of cinema, which means continuous change and flow. The Great Beauty, the new film from Paolo Sorrentino, plunges headlong into the current. All you can do is plunge in there with it and clamber out two and a half hours later, sopping wet, gulping the air and perhaps having lost a shoe … Click here for the full review
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Jaded journo Jep Gambardella (Servillo) lives the Roman high life, swaying from one decadent party to another. But the tolling of time and the superficiality of the scene is taking its toil … Click here for the full review and rating
Echoing Fellini without suffering by comparison, Paolo Sorrentino follows his US-set This Must Be The Place by returning to Rome for a symphony of high-life ennui … Click here for the full review and rating