Great Beauty, The ( grande bellezza, La ) Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 551

Average Rating: 3.2/4

# of Ratings: 34

Theatrical Release Date: 11/15/2013

Language: Italian

Genre: Comedy, Drama

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Actors: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi

Plot: Jep Gambardella has been a lethal Lothario in Rome for decades. But after his 65th birthday he gets a shock from the past - one that will have him re-examining his lifestyle and maybe find true beauty. -- Chris Kavan

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Rating of
3/4

Rod - wrote on 06/23/2014

Wow. Beautifully made. The cinematography is brilliant! All the performance art, photos, tricks, architecture and everything else are just amazing. I have to admit that I didn't get the whole message, I think I should watch this film again when I get 65 years old and only then I will totally understand the whole thing.

Rating of
3/4

Amy - wrote on 03/23/2014

Italy certainly is beautiful, and every frame featuring Toni Servillo's marvelously expressive face is a pleasure to watch, particularly when he spouts his cynical wisdom. That said, this movie is longer than it needed to be, and the satire takes aim at some pretty easy targets.

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Rating of
4/4

A movie that thinks.

memento_mori - wrote on 12/25/2013

Um… What.

That's as good as I can begin writing this review.

La grande bellezza starts as a beautiful film of insane proportions, which leads to the imminent question: What is this about and why is it showing us the things it is showing?
It's beautiful in a sense that it is ever-changing and eventful. Like a movie looking for something. Colors are often muted or accentuated, surreal images are shown to contrast with the rather down-to-earth mentality displayed through the excellent framing and cinematography.

For the first hour or so I was very invested in the visuals and very self-critical, bombastic style that the film had. I like films that explode into dialogue at points, but also have their quiet moments.
At certain points the film started to die on me, because it …

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