The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)
Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il Divo and Gomorrah) 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 cafes to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
"An outlandishly entertaining hallucination." -Mahnola Dargis, The New York Times
"A densely packed, often astonishing cinematic feast that honors Rome in all its splendor and superficiality." -Jay Weissberg, Variety
"A masterpiece, a grand swooning epic, lush to the point of insanity." -Catherine Shoard, The Guardian
"A Technicolor La Dolce Vita for the Berlusconi era." -Rachel Donadio, The New York Times
Provided courtesy of Janus Films. Not rated. Running time: 142 minutes. In Italian, with English subtitles.
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