Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty is an award-winning 2013 Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The main character is a writer who wrote one novel in his 20s and then began writing social columns and interviews. After his 65th birthday, he reflects on his life. This movie is a magical wonder, and I loved every moment.

"The most important thing I discovered a few days after turning 65 
is that I can't waste any more time doing things I don't want to do."

I watched via Hulu.


The NYT calls it "A deliriously alive movie". Senses of Cinema says, "The film is feast for the senses, a synaesthetic experience of visual images, words, and music that cannot shade, but rather highlights, the desolation of the world represented."

Roger Ebert's site gives it a full 4 stars and calls it "a character study that presents contemporary Rome through the eyes of Jep Gambardella (the brilliant Toni Servillo), a simultaneously overstimulated and underwhelmed taste-making intellectual." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 91%.

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