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The Great Beauty

Paolo Sorrentino
La grande bellezza
Italy, France 2013 / 144’

Jep Gambardella is a journalist and a regular at salons, where he basks in the glow of his own eloquence and enjoys his fame as the author of a cult novel written several decades earlier. Jep knows Rome by heart. He prefers to explore the city at night, visiting various clubs, extravagant masquerade parties, and luxurious receptions, where he is still a desired guest. His 65th birthday coincides, however, with the appearance of someone from his past. Under his influence, the ironic and intelligent Jep begins to question the schemes and falsehoods around which the cream of society in the capital was consolidated. This is the sort of deconstruction that Paolo Sorrentino undertakes in his film. The blissfully smiling Jep, in a colorful jacket, constantly with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, embodies the mystery and magnetism of the Eternal City, a kingdom of absurdity, lies, and melancholy. Only here can we find a place, simultaneously, for a dwarf businesswoman, for failure, for a plastic-surgery clinic straight out of Cronenberg, for love, for a giraffe, and, most importantly, for a dancing "tube" to nowhere. La grande bellezza in full.

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awards

Academy Awards 2014 - Best Foreign Language Film of the Year; Golden Globe 2014 - Best Foreign Language Film; BAFTA 2014 - Best Film not in the English Language; European Film Awards 2013 - Best Editor, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor

Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples in 1970. His feature debut, One Man Up, was screened at the Venice Film Festival and gained attention both at home and abroad, which launched his long-term collaboration with Toni Servillo. Sorrentino gained international fame in 2004 with his stylish thriller The Consequences of Love. He won the jury prize at Cannes for Il Divo. His greatest success to this point has been winning an Oscar for The Great Beauty.

Selected filmography

2001 O jednego więcej / L'uomo in più / One Man Up

2004 Skutki miłości / Le conseguenze dell'amore / The Consequeces of Love

2006 Przyjaciel rodziny / L'Amico di famiglia / The Family Friend

2008 Boski / Il Divo

2013 Wielkie piękno / La grande bellezza / The Great Beauty

Cast & Crew

director Paolo Sorrentino
screenplay Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
cinematography Luca Bigazzi
editing Cristiano Travaglioli
music Lele Marchitelli
cast Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrino Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Pamela Villoresi
producer Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano
production Indigo Film
Polish distributor Film Point Group
language Italian
colouration colour