The Great Beauty

Upon turning 65, journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) gets a big surprise about a past girlfriend, and his outlook on life broadens a bit. I know I just made the movie sound a little boring. Trust me, it isn’t. Beauty won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. Paolo Sorrentino directs this visually arresting film with supreme ingenuity, making nearly every moment a visual wonder to behold. From party dance trains, to somber funerals, the movie presents much in its more than two-hour running time. Servillo is terrific in the central role, a generally good man who will verbally cut you down at a party if you ask for it, or cry at a funeral even though he considers such an act “immoral.” This is a sweeping, lavish cinematic achievement that’ll make you think.

Credits

Director:

  • Paolo Sorrentino

Cast:

  • Toni Servillo
  • Carlo Verdone
  • Sabrina Ferilli
  • Carlo Buccirosso
  • Iaia Forte
  • Pamela Villoresi
  • Galatea Ranzi
  • Franco Graziosi
  • Giorgio Pasotti
  • Massimo Popolizio
  • Sonia Gessner
  • Luca Marinelli
  • Serena Grandi
  • Anna Rosa

Producers:

  • Francesca Cima
  • Fabio Conversi
  • Nicola Giuliano
  • Jérôme Seydoux
  • Viola Prestieri

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