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.
Gambardella is a very intriguing character. Suited to give us his own interesting look at Rome in a post- Berlusconi era. His hedonism is "contaminated" by a cynical perspective of life and the human fauna around him. Though he is proud to still produce the biggest parties, he is hardly taken away by them. He does not want to forget, like a party animal. He is trying to make sense of his memory, and his choices.
The Great Beauty is one of the most impressive movies of 2013 thanks to Toni Servillo's striking performance and dazzling cinematography. This meditation on life serves as a way to view our own aspirations and shortcomings.
A garishly gorgeous homage to Fellini, to Rome, and to smug, hyper-refined, patronizing assholes everywhere, The Great Beauty is a shell no less empty (surely emptier) than the "high society" of Rome's haunted city that it wearily, lazily satirizes; it's a gaudy bauble designed to sucker its audience by flattering it, and its soul-douching epiphany amounts to so much blah blah blah.
Sorrentino is rapidly becoming one of my favourite directors. The wit, camera work, choreography and brooding philosophy are inspiring and deeply evocative. The great beauty is a visual feast, captained by the endearing Toni Servillo who never ceases to engage in this musing on life told with wry humour from behind the battle lines of Italy's elite. 4.5 stars
Fellini's Roma and 8 1/2 mixed up in one. The last 20 minutes about "Mother Therese" could be chopped off and no one would notice. Not sure if this one will withstand the test of time. It is very entertaining, no doubt about that BUT Bellezza is to Fellini as much of an insult as Amelie was to the French new wave.