The Great Beauty
|The Great Beauty|
Italian theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Paolo Sorrentino|
|Produced by||Nicola Giuliano
|Screenplay by||Paolo Sorrentino
|Story by||Paolo Sorrentino|
|Music by||Lele Marchitelli|
|Editing by||Cristiano Travaglioli|
|Distributed by||Medusa Film|
|Running time||142 minutes|
The Great Beauty (Italian: La grande bellezza) is a 2013 Italian film co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Filming took place in Rome starting on 9 August 2012. It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in competition for the Palme d'Or. It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and at the 2013 Reykjavik European Film Festival.
The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category. It is a co-production between the Italian Medusa Film and Indigo Film and the French Babe Films, with support from Banca Popolare di Vicenza, Pathé and France 2 Cinéma. With a production budget of €9.2 million, the film has so far grossed over $23 million worldwide.
To this question, when we were young, my friends used to answer always the same way: "Pussy". I instead used to answer: "The smell of old people's houses". The question was: "What do you really like in life?". I was destined to sensibility. I was destined to become a writer. I was destined to become Jep Gambardella.
The film opens with a quote from Céline's Journey to the End of the Night: “To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength.” The main character is an aging socialite, Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties, only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome. After his 65th birthday party, he walks through the ruins and city streets, encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment.
- Toni Servillo as Jep Gambardella
- Carlo Verdone as Romano
- Sabrina Ferilli as Ramona
- Carlo Buccirosso as Lello Cava
- Iaia Forte as Trumeau
- Pamela Villoresi as Viola
- Galatea Ranzi as Stefania
- Franco Graziosi as Count Colonna
- Sonia Gessner as Countess Colonna
- Giorgio Pasotti as Stefano
- Luca Marinelli as Andrea
- Massimo Popolizio (it) as Alfio Bracco
- Serena Grandi as Lorena
- Ivan Franek as Ron Sweet
- Roberto Herlitzka as Cardinal Bellucci
- Isabella Ferrari as Orietta
- Fanny Ardant as herself
- Antonello Venditti as himself
|1||I lie||1-01||Torino Vocalensemble||David Lang|
|2||Far l'amore||2-01||Bob Sinclar & Raffaella Carrà|
|3||More than scarlet||2-02||Decoder Ring|
|4||Mueve la colita||2-17||El Gato D.J.|
|5||My heart's in the highlands||1-03||Else Torp,
|6||Que no se acabe el mambo||2-14||La Banda Gorda|
|7||The Lamb||1-07||The choir of the Temple Church
directed by Stephen Layton
text by William Blake
from Symphony No. 3
|1-10||London Sinfonietta, Dawn Upshaw
directed by David Zinman
|10||World to come IV||1-02||Maya Beiser||David Lang|
|12||Take my breath away||2-03||Gui Boratto|
|13||The beatitudes||1-05||Kronos Quartet||Vladimir Martynov|
|16||There must be an angel
(playing with my heart)
|–||Lorraine Bowen||Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart|
|17||Water from the same source||2-10||Rachel's|
from Symphony in C major
|1-08||film: Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra
album: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Donald Johanos
from Requiem for my Friend
|20||Everything trying||2-05||Damien Jurado|
|22||We no speak americano||2-15||Studio Allstars|
|23||Ti rubero’||2-12||Monica Cetti|
|24||Trois mouvements perpétuels||–||Peter Beijersbergen van Henegouwen||Francis Poulenc|
|25||Beata viscera||1-11||Vox Clamantis||Magister Perotinus|
|–||Time||1-04||Lele Marchitelli (it)|
|–||River flows||1-09||Lele Marchitelli|
|–||Brain waves||2-04||Lele Marchitelli|
|–||Color my world||2-07||Lele Marchitelli|
|–||Surge of excitement||2-09||Lele Marchitelli|
|–||Settembre non comincia||2-11||Lele Marchitelli|
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with a weighted average rating of 7.8/10 based on 100 reviews and certifying it "fresh". The critical consensus described it as "[d]azzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino." The film holds a score of 86/100 on Metacritic based on 29 reviews, signifying "universal acclaim."
Robbie Collin at The Daily Telegraph awarded Sorrentino's film the maximum five stars and described it as "a shimmering coup de cinema". He likened it to Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City and Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita in its ambition to record a period of Roman history on film. "Rossellini covered the Nazi occupation of 1944; Fellini the seductive, empty hedonism of the years that followed. Sorrentino's plan is to do the same for the Berlusconi era," he wrote. Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter stated "Sorrentino's vision of moral chaos and disorder, spiritual and emotional emptiness at this moment in time is even darker than Fellini's (though Ettore Scola's The Terrace certainly comes in somewhere)." Critics have also identified other purposefully explicit film homages: to Roma, 8½, Scola's Splendor, Michelangelo Antonioni's La notte. In a negative review for the Financial Times, Antonia Quirke complained "an overtly grotesque way that suggests Fellini's Casanova or City of Women but feels a lot more like Baz Luhrmann." Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar named the film as one of the twelve best films of 2013, and placed it at the second place.
Film critic top lists
Various critics have named the film as one of the best of 2013.
- 1st: Time Out London's 10 Best films of 2013
- 1st: Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
- 2nd: The Guardian
- 2nd: Richard Corliss, Time
- 3rd: Chris Vognar, The Dallas Morning News
- 4th: Sight & Sound
- 4th: Lisa Schwarzbaum, BBC
- 6th: Jake Coyle, Associated Press
- 7th: Stephen Holden, The New York Times
- 8th: Simon Abrams & Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice
- 9th: Robert Gifford, The Diamondback
- 9th: Empire's 50 Best Films Of 2013
- Best films of 2013: Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
- Best Film of 2013: Justin Chang, Variety
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- Order of appearance in the film's closing credits. '–' indicates original music by Lele Marchitelli, individual tracks not credited in the film.
- CD and track number from 2-CD original soundtrack album, Indigo Film IND009. '–' indicates tracks not included in the album.
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- The Great Beauty at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Great Beauty at Metacritic
- The Great Beauty at AllMovie
- The Great Beauty at Australian distributor Palace Films