The great beauty

The great beauty

Streaming Video - 2013 | Italian
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In this Oscar-winning comedy, journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) charms and seduces his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome as a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles. However, when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafš to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Publisher: [United States] : Mongrel Media, 2013.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 142 min.)) :,sd., col.
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Melidag
Feb 24, 2019

Enjoyed the soundtrack. And who can complain about the Italian landscape and art.

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22950009157199
Jan 20, 2019

This is a portrait of a wealthy intellectual/journalist who begins to reflect on his life and his values as he wanders through a number of encounters and experiences in the weeks following his 65th birthday. The thinness of the plot is entirely appropriate to this extended satire of the elite of Roman society. "La grande bellezza" is strongly reminiscent of Federico Fellini's "La dolce vita", but without Fellini's very darkest elements. The music is achingly beautiful. Surely no film has ever photographed the buildings, monuments, fountains, works of art, estates, gardens, and rivers of a great city more magnificently. The fact that the city is Rome intensifies the effects of the unsurpassed cinematography.

I watched it 3 times just to confirm that I hadn't dreamed this film. A stylistic "tour de force" (and an Academy Award winner). Very highly recommended.

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RoyalJellyIII
Dec 21, 2018

An enjoyable look at Italians content to rest on their laurels and past glories. It contains an ironic nod to Fellini ( this adds an interesting inter textual element to the film )- be careful though the film packs some bite and meaning to it ( more than some may think ). This is a beautiful film about the dangers inherent in complacency.

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Calvacade
Dec 19, 2018

Initially, I thought this was ersatz Fellini- but then I realized that the old man IS Italy- this made the layers of past and present resonate on deeper levels.

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Ky68RasK
Oct 26, 2018

Yes, it "Felliniesque" alright. People leading lives of quite desperation; story centers on one-hit wonder who, in old age, ponders his life.

Splendid cinematography and music.

Yes, it's a masterpiece.

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thepudman
Oct 18, 2015

I see that a lot of people like this movie, but far too artsy for my taste. It had several sub-plots and characters that were introduced - and then died - literally. I couldn't figure out what was going on most of the time.

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eusebius
Sep 14, 2015

Tony Servillo is a great actor, always fun and often moving. The film is a remake of 8 1/2, without Fellini's bitter satire. It's glitz and glamour without a heart. It took him 40 years to figure out his life was sterile? 40 years?

misspeach Sep 14, 2015

Such a wonderful, beautiful movie -- just saw it for the 6th time in the past 2 or so years. Beautifully written, directed and acted. Hard to believe Toni Servillo is the same actor who played Andreotti in "Il Divo."

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Nursebob
Sep 10, 2015

Paolo Sorrentino’s glorious rumination on vanity and mortality revisits Fellini’s "Roma" using many of the old master’s flourishes yet adding a very human coda all its own. With his apartment poised between the Coliseum’s iconic grandeur on one side and a tranquil convent on the other, Jep is likewise torn between an earthly desire for esteem and a deepening spiritual need as he enters into his final years. With a gorgeous soundtrack that goes from whispered chorales and guitar ballads to crashing arias, Sorrentino’s camera lingers over drunken partygoers at an all-night rave and silent worshippers alike as each character slowly wends their way toward whatever light they’re drawn to—for beauty, like love and faith, is where you find it. “It all ends in death…” an older and wiser Jep assures us, “…but before that there is life.” And life is one thing Sorrentino’s grand opus has in spades. Breathtaking.

tibiri Jun 25, 2015

THE GREAT FILM

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jimg2000
Jul 14, 2014

Jep: The (dancing) trains at our parties
are the best ones in Rome!
Guest: You think so?
Jep: I do. They're the best because they go nowhere.

...

Sister Maria: I took a vow of poverty.
And you can't talk about poverty...
you have to live it.

...

Dadina: my predecessor, said
"Tonight I'll do two things,
eat soup and have a shag."
Jep: Two things that contradict
each other.

Dadina: That's what I'd say too,
and she'd reply, in a serious tone:
"No, Dadina, they don't,
because they're both hot."

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jimg2000
Jul 12, 2014

The most important thing I discovered
a few days after turning 65
is that I can't waste any more time
doing things I don't want to do.

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jimg2000
Jul 12, 2014

Now there's something
This is how it always ends.
With death.
But first there was life.
Hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah.
It is all settled beneath
the chitter chatter and the noise.
Silence and sentiment.
Emotion and fear.
The haggard, inconstant
flashes of beauty.
And then the wretched squalor
and miserable humanity.
All buried under the cover of the
embarrassment of being in the world.
Beyond there is what lies beyond.
I don't deal
with what lies beyond.
Therefore...
let this novel begin.
After all... it's just a trick.
Yes, it's just a trick.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 09, 2014

Sexual Content: Some frontal nudity here and there, and some foul languages. Not suitable for children.

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