The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino

 

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty 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. It is set in Rome, populated by the formerly beautiful and the currently damned, and featuring someone who doesn’t quite fall into either category.

 

Peter Bradshaw / The Guardian

 
 

Rome in all its splendor and superficiality, artifice and significance, becomes an enormous banquet too rich to digest in one sitting in Paolo Sorrentino’s densely packed, often astonishing The Great Beauty. A tribute to, and castigation of, the city whose magnificence has famously entrapped its residents in existential crises, the pic follows a stalled author gradually awakening from the slumber of intellectual paralysis. […] emphasizing the emptiness of society amusements, The Great Beauty will surprise, perplex and bewitch highbrow audiences yearning for big cinematic feasts.

 

Jay Weissberg / Variety

 
 

A radiant work… drop dead gorgeous. Luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic!

 

Kenneth Turan / Los Angeles Times

 
 

Italy / France 2013. Cinema Mondo

 

La grande bellezza
Käsikirjoitus/Script: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello * Kuvaus/DOP: Luca Bigazzi * Leikkaus/Editor: Cristiano Travaglioli * Pääosissa/Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso * Kopion lähde/DCP Source: Cinema Mondo * Kieli/Language: Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese. Subtitles in Finnish & Swedish * Kesto/Duration: 142 min * Ikäraja/Age limit: 12