The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

  • 2013
  • Not Rated
  • 142 min
  • Italy, France, Belgium
  • drama

An ageing writer has spent many years seducing his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday, he starts to look past the nightclubs and parties to find a landscape of exquisite beauty.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Writer: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello

Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte

Won 2014 BAFTA Award for Best Film not in the English Language

Dazzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino.

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  • Paolo Sorrentino
    Paolo Sorrentino
    Paolo Sorrentino is an Italian film director and screenwriter. His 2013 film The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2014 Academy Awards.

Main Cast


  • Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune)

    It's a beauty, all right. It's more a style show than a deep philosophical treatise, but with surfaces this sleek and faces this interesting, I'll take style over substance any day.

  • Tom Long (Detroit News)

    Throughout the film, Sorrentino delivers gorgeous images, crazy images, startling and sexy and serene images; it's a visual bath of sorts - the great beauty is everywhere, Jep (and we) just have to be open to it.


Original title: La grande bellezza

Certificate: Not Rated

Genres: drama

Categories: rome italy, aging, alcohol, vatican, journalist, birthday, nightclub, giraffe, artist, beauty, satire, party, flamingo, nun, colosseum rome, first love, plastic surgery, surrealism, sadness


Producer: Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano

Editor: Cristiano Travaglioli

Casting: Anna Maria Sambucco

Director of photography: Luca Bigazzi

Original music composer: Lele Marchitelli

Costume design: Daniela Ciancio

Production design: Stefania Cella

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 142 min

Country: Italy, France, Belgium

Language: Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Color: Color