A spiritual successor to 'La Dolce Vita' that satires sentimentalists, contemporary art and contemporary Rome. However, 'The Great Beauty' is more of a religious film than anything else. Although at times, the film feels long, drags, Sorrentino never ceased to continually spellbind with me with the film's divine cinematography and with Jeb's worn-tailored-dog schoolboy charm. Hilariously charming throughout.
what if fellini were a second rate director and pseudo intellectual misogynist in the year 2013? like asking what if chopin were skrillex, the comparison ceases to mean anything because he'd consequently be a different person entirely, and not a very interesting one
Everything here works like a big propaganda, seems like you're looking to a vodka, perfume, watch or a sport car ad. Of course that's on purpose, and it works very well, with a dreamy kind of feel. The big question is, the film itself absorbs that entirely, but can't get out of it too, like a circle. Should we really need this?
Italian cinema has been going downhill from the 60s and Sorrentino is a pathetic attempt. Very pretentious and long. Every character is over-caricaturized, film is filled with bad aphorisms. Especially the religious context closer to the end desperately tries to give meaning to the film and fails. It is funny and obvious that Sorrentino identifies as the leading character as well as Fellini.Animal use is very kitsch.