Winner of the Best Foreign Language Academy Award, this Felliniesque tale of decadence and lost love finds an aging journalist in Italy looking back on his days amid the lavish Roman nightlife scene following his 65th birthday.
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Vanity, flesh and monstrosity. Of all shapes and colors, these characters seem to gravitate one around the others endlessly, sometimes falling off the solar system for being too conscious of themselves, or not enough of the others. A beautiful film, however sometimes tiring because of its lengths and the pedanticism yet poetry of the italian language.
This is, in fact, a great beauty. There is not a single scene, or a single shot or a single frame that is not completely mesmerizing and breathtaking. Damn, even those ugly botox addicts and the creepy nun look beautiful.
This film is like the perfect restaurant. You wouldn't want to eat there every night but MUST eat there again and again. Every time I see this film I catch something I may have overlooked in first and second viewing. Its an experience, its cinematic, its breathtaking and something to enjoy and savor over and over again. I don't think I have ever felt this way about a movie! Amazing....
Part Fellini, part Visconti, all cinematic inspiration. Paolo Sorrentino's dazzling garden of sensual delights is at once feverish and elegant, debauched and spiritual, a gorgeous paean to artistic inspiration and societal decay masquerading as intellectualism and spirituality. "It's only a trick," he reminds us. But Sorrentino's stunning and rapturous cinematic fantasia is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Sorrentino rewires Fellini with MTV, and it's shot with beautiful deliberation, is funnier than La Dolce Vita, and contains moments where Servillo's weary, childlike face plays off the musical score so potently that it can break your heart. So I'm curious why I don't love it more. It may be because the visuals have a hermetic, sterile glossiness. Or because it aims for a weight it doesn't (quite) earn.