La Grande Bellezza (2013)

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La Grande Bellezza (2013)
  • Time: 142 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Cast: Toni Servillo, Serena Grandi, Sabrina Ferilli

Storyline:

Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but 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 caf├ęs to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

One review

  • Toni Servillo kept me watching this mediocre sub-Fellini movie. The cinematography was elegant in places, I will grant, and the music was often effective, but all in all this is a clumsy attempt to revisit the society better described by Fellini and Antonioni (in Le Amiche and Cronaca di un amore). Scene after scene goes flat because the script is weak; only the superb comic verve of Servillo (this is the first one of his films I’ve seen, incredible!) keeps the story going at all. When he skewers the pretensions of the female novelist, it’s with a twinkle in his eye that I found irresistible. The performer who slams her head into the wall is dealt with in a similar fashion–it’s delicious.

    The picture founders because the writers don’t know how to construct a real satire of manners and morals. The entry of the strip club owner is a good example: he doesn’t move the story in any direction at all, it’s just an excuse to indulge in some more elegant camera-work. I await Toni Servillo’s next film eagerly.

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