The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza)
The Great Beauty (). La grande bellezza (original title) 14 March ( USA) · The Great Beauty Poster · Trailer. | Trailer. 2 VIDEOS | IMAGES.2017 riders of icarus classes
Paulo Sorrentino Il Divo returns with this sublimely beautiful film, which was rapturously received at Cannes earlier this year. The Great Beauty opens in the early morning as a Japanese tourist collapses attempting to capture the magnificence of Rome in a single frame. A nighttime rooftop party transports us into a swirling vortex of pleasure, where we meet Jep Gambardell Toni Servillo. Celebrating his 65th birthday, Jep, who once wrote a great novel, is a journalist and full time socialite. When he learns that his first love has just died and always loved him more than her husband, the news prompts an existential crisis of sorts as Jep begins to take stock of his shallow existence.
From black to backward. That black is the inner view of the barrel of the Gianicolo cannon.
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Filming took place in Rome starting on 9 August It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in competition for the Palme d'Or. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength. Jep realizes that he has lived superficially: so begins the search for great beauty, between the declining bourgeoisie and the stereotypes of society. Robbie Collin at The Daily Telegraph awarded Sorrentino's film the maximum five stars and described it as "a shimmering coup de cinema". Sorrentino's plan is to do the same for the Berlusconi era," he wrote.
Sorrentino was born in Naples , in the district of Soccavo in and became orphan of both parents at the age of His first film as screenwriter, The Dust of Naples , was released in He also began directing short movies, including L'amore non ha confini in and La notte lunga in He achieved international recognition in for his thriller, The Consequences of Love Le conseguenze dell'amore. The film, which explores the mindset of a lonely businessman being used as a pawn by the Mafia , won many awards and was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Great Beauty
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Continuing our series in which writers reveal which movie characters they emulate, Peter Walker explains why he so admires Servillo's exceedingly urbane Jep Gambardella: it's not the linen suits but the keen awareness of life's everyday magic. Toni Servillo is a mercurial presence as Paolo Sorrentino returns to familiar territory, writes Mark Kermode.