The Great Beauty

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The Great Beauty
The Great Beauty poster.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Produced by Nicola Giuliano
Francesca Cima
Fabio Conversi
Screenplay by Paolo Sorrentino
Umberto Contarello
Story by Paolo Sorrentino
Starring Toni Servillo
Carlo Verdone
Sabrina Ferilli
Carlo Buccirosso
Music by Lele Marchitelli
Cinematography Luca Bigazzi
Edited by Cristiano Travaglioli
Production
company
Indigo Film
Medusa Film
Babe Films
Pathé
Distributed by Medusa Film
Release dates
  • 21 May 2013 (2013-05-21)[1]
Running time 142 minutes
Country Italy
France
Language Italian
Budget €9,200,000
Box office $24,164,400[2]

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.[3] It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival[4] and at the 2013 Reykjavik European Film Festival.

The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[5] 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.[6][7] With a production budget of €9.2 million, the film has so far grossed over $24 million worldwide.

Plot[edit]

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.”[8] 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.[9][10][11]

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

No.[12] Title Album[13] Artists Composer
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,
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
Arvo Pärt
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
John Tavener
text by William Blake
8 Parade 2-06 Tape
9 III. Lento—Cantabile-semplice
from Symphony No. 3
1-10 London Sinfonietta, Dawn Upshaw
directed by David Zinman
Henryk Górecki
10 World to come IV 1-02 Maya Beiser David Lang
11 Moody ESG
12 Take my breath away 2-03 Gui Boratto
13 The beatitudes 1-05 Kronos Quartet Vladimir Martynov
14 Forever 2-08 Antonello Venditti
15 Pancho
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
18 II. Adagio
from Symphony in C major
1-08 film: Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra
album: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Donald Johanos
Georges Bizet
19 Dies irae
from Requiem for my Friend
1-06 Elżbieta Towarnicka, Dariusz Paradowski, Piotr Lykowski, Piotr Kusiewicz, Grzegorz Zychowicz and Jan Szypowski Zbigniew Preisner
20 Everything trying 2-05 Damien Jurado
21 Discoteca 2-16 Exchpoptrue
22 We no speak americano 2-15 Studio Allstars
23 Ti ruberò 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
Trumeau 2-13 Lele Marchitelli
Ramona 2-18 Lele Marchitelli

Reception[edit]

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."[14] The film holds a score of 86/100 on Metacritic based on 29 reviews, signifying "universal acclaim."[15]

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.[16] 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)."[17] Critics have also identified other purposefully explicit film homages: to Roma, ,[18][19] Scola's Splendor,[19] Michelangelo Antonioni's La notte.[20] 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."[21] Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar named the film as one of the twelve best films of 2013, and placed it at the second place.[22]

Film critic top lists[edit]

Various critics have named the film as one of the best of 2013.

Accolades[edit]

List of Accolades
Award / Film Festival Category Recipient(s) Result
86th Academy Awards[39] Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
79th New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Runner-up
71st Golden Globe Awards[40][41] Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
67th British Academy Film Awards[42] Best Foreign Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
67th Silver Ribbon Awards[43] Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Producer Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima Nominated
Best Screenplay Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Carlo Verdone Won
Best Supporting Actress Sabrina Ferilli Won
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Won
Best Costumes Daniela Ciancio Nominated
Best Sound Emanuele Cecere Won
Best Score Lele Marchitelli Nominated
66th Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
60th Belgian Film Critics Association Grand Prix Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
59th David di Donatello Awards[44] Best Film Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima Nominated
Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Script Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Nominated
Best Producer Francesca Cima and Francesca Cima Won
Best Actor Toni Servillo Won
Best Actress Sabrina Ferilli Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Carlo Verdone Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Galatea Ranzi Nominated
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Won
Best Score Lele Marchitelli Nominated
Best Sets and Decorations Stefania Cella Won
Best Costumes Daniela Ciancio Won
Best Makeup Maurizio Silvi Won
Best Hairstyling Aldo Signoretti Won
Best Editing Cristiano Travaglioli Nominated
Best Sound Emanuele Cecere Nominated
Best Visual Effects Rodolfo Migliari and Luca Della Grotta Won
Youngs' David Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
53rd Italian Golden Globe Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Actor Toni Servillo Nominated
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Won
Best Music Lele Marchitelli Nominated
39th César Awards[45] Best Foreign Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
34th London Film Critics Circle Awards Best Film Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima Nominated
Director of the Year Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
34th Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
29th Ciak d'oro[46] Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Actor Toni Servillo Won
Best Supporting Actor Carlo Verdone Won
Best Supporting Actress Sabrina Ferilli Won
Best Producer Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima Won
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Won
Best Sets and Decorations Stefania Cella Won
Best Costumes Daniela Ciancio Won
Best Screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Nominated
Best Sound Emanuele Cecere and Francesco Sabez Nominated
Best Editing Cristiano Travaglioli Nominated
Best Music Lele Marchitelli Nominated
Best Movie Poster Anna Di Cintio, Matteo Desogus, Fabrizio Caperna and Geo Ceccarelli Nominated
29th Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
28th Goya Awards Best European Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
26th European Film Awards[47] Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Actor Toni Servillo Won
Best Screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Nominated
Best Editor Cristiano Travaglioli Won
20th Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
19th Critics' Choice Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
18th Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
18th Satellite Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
17th Hollywood Film Awards Best International Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Independent Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best New Screenplay Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Won
Best Actor Toni Servillo Nominated
Breakout Performance Toni Servillo Nominated
17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival[48] Grand Prix Paolo Sorrentino Won
Jury Prix Luca Bigazzi Won
16th British Independent Film Awards Best Foreign Independent Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
15th Cinemanila International Film Festival Lino Brocka Award for Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
11th International Cinephile Society Awards Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Foreign Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated

See also[edit]

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