The Great Beauty  (La Grande Belezza)

The Great Beauty (La Grande Belezza)
  • Wednesday May 16 | 7:00pm

The Great Beauty is a tribute to, and castigation of Rome, the city whose magnificence has famously entrapped its residents in existential crises. It is very much Sorrentino’s modern take on Felliniesque themes, especially as portrayed in La Dolce Vita, emphasizing the emptiness of society’s amusements.

The Great Beauty uses an existentially exhausted famous writer, Jep, with only one book to his credit, as a Dantesque guide through the decadence of modern Roman life, presenting a panoply of characters with only minimal exaggeration. In 1960, Pauline Kael called this kind of film genre the "come-dressed-as-the-sick-soul-of-Europe party". All of this is evoked with staggering flair and attack, an operatic masterpiece of love and loss, power and prestige.

The Great Beauty  (La Grande Belezza)

  • Director: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Year: 2014
  • Run Time: 141mins
  • Country: Italy/France
  • Rating: MA