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
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.
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.
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
Categories: rome italy, aging, alcohol, vatican, journalist, birthday, nightclub, giraffe, artist, beauty, satire, party, flamingo, nun, colosseum rome, first love, plastic surgery, surrealism, sadness
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
Runtime: 142 min
Country: Italy, France, Belgium
Language: Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1