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The Great Beauty
The Great Beauty poster.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byPaolo Sorrentino
Produced byNicola Giuliano
Francesca Cima
Fabio Conversi
Screenplay byPaolo Sorrentino
Umberto Contarello
Story byPaolo Sorrentino
StarringToni Servillo
Carlo Verdone
Sabrina Ferilli
Carlo Buccirosso
Music byLele Marchitelli
CinematographyLuca Bigazzi
Editing byCristiano Travaglioli
StudioIndigo Film
Medusa Film
Babe Films
Pathé
Distributed byMedusa Film
Release dates
  • 21 May 2013 (2013-05-21)[1]
Running time142 minutes
CountryItaly
France
LanguageItalian
Budget€9,200,000
Box office$23,416,886[2]
 
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The Great Beauty
The Great Beauty poster.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byPaolo Sorrentino
Produced byNicola Giuliano
Francesca Cima
Fabio Conversi
Screenplay byPaolo Sorrentino
Umberto Contarello
Story byPaolo Sorrentino
StarringToni Servillo
Carlo Verdone
Sabrina Ferilli
Carlo Buccirosso
Music byLele Marchitelli
CinematographyLuca Bigazzi
Editing byCristiano Travaglioli
StudioIndigo Film
Medusa Film
Babe Films
Pathé
Distributed byMedusa Film
Release dates
  • 21 May 2013 (2013-05-21)[1]
Running time142 minutes
CountryItaly
France
LanguageItalian
Budget€9,200,000
Box office$23,416,886[2]

The Great Beauty (Italian: La grande bellezza) is a 2013 Italian film co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Filming took place in Rome starting on 9 August 2012. It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in competition for the Palme d'Or.[3] It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival[4] and at the 2013 Reykjavik European Film Festival.

The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[5] as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category. It is a co-production between the Italian Medusa Film and Indigo Film and the French Babe Films, with support from Banca Popolare di Vicenza, Pathé and France 2 Cinéma.[6][7] With a production budget of €9.2 million, the film has so far grossed over $23 million worldwide.

Plot[edit]

To this question, when we were young, my friends used to answer always the same way: "Pussy". I instead used to answer: "The smell of old people's houses". The question was: "What do you really like in life?". I was destined to sensibility. I was destined to become a writer. I was destined to become Jep Gambardella.

The film opens with a quote from Céline's Journey to the End of the Night: “To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength.”[8] The main character is an aging socialite, Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties, only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome. After his 65th birthday party, he walks through the ruins and city streets, encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment.[9][10][11]

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

No.[12]TitleAlbum[13]ArtistsComposer
1I lie1-01Torino VocalensembleDavid Lang
2Far l'amore2-01Bob Sinclar & Raffaella Carrà
3More than scarlet2-02Decoder Ring
4Mueve la colita2-17El Gato D.J.
5My heart's in the highlands1-03Else Torp,
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
Arvo Pärt
6Que no se acabe el mambo2-14La Banda Gorda
7The Lamb1-07The choir of the Temple Church
directed by Stephen Layton
John Tavener
text by William Blake
8Parade2-06Tape
9III. Lento—Cantabile-semplice
from Symphony No. 3
1-10London Sinfonietta, Dawn Upshaw
directed by David Zinman
Henryk Górecki
10World to come IV1-02Maya BeiserDavid Lang
11MoodyESG
12Take my breath away2-03Gui Boratto
13The beatitudes1-05Kronos QuartetVladimir Martynov
14Forever2-08Antonello Venditti
15Pancho
16There must be an angel
(playing with my heart)
Lorraine BowenAnnie Lennox, David A. Stewart
17Water from the same source2-10Rachel's
18II. Adagio
from Symphony in C major
1-08film: Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra
album: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Donald Johanos
Georges Bizet
19Dies irae
from Requiem for my Friend
1-06Elżbieta Towarnicka, Dariusz Paradowski, Piotr Lykowski, Piotr Kusiewicz, Grzegorz Zychowicz and Jan SzypowskiZbigniew Preisner
20Everything trying2-05Damien Jurado
21Discoteca2-16Exchpoptrue
22We no speak americano2-15Studio Allstars
23Ti rubero’2-12Monica Cetti
24Trois mouvements perpétuelsPeter Beijersbergen van HenegouwenFrancis Poulenc
25Beata viscera1-11Vox ClamantisMagister Perotinus
Time1-04Lele Marchitelli (it)
River flows1-09Lele Marchitelli
Brain waves2-04Lele Marchitelli
Color my world2-07Lele Marchitelli
Surge of excitement2-09Lele Marchitelli
Settembre non comincia2-11Lele Marchitelli
Trumeau2-13Lele Marchitelli
Ramona2-18Lele Marchitelli

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with a weighted average rating of 7.8/10 based on 100 reviews and certifying it "fresh". The critical consensus described it as "[d]azzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino."[14] The film holds a score of 86/100 on Metacritic based on 29 reviews, signifying "universal acclaim."[15]

Robbie Collin at The Daily Telegraph awarded Sorrentino's film the maximum five stars and described it as "a shimmering coup de cinema". He likened it to Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City and Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita in its ambition to record a period of Roman history on film. "Rossellini covered the Nazi occupation of 1944; Fellini the seductive, empty hedonism of the years that followed. Sorrentino's plan is to do the same for the Berlusconi era," he wrote.[16] Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter stated "Sorrentino's vision of moral chaos and disorder, spiritual and emotional emptiness at this moment in time is even darker than Fellini's (though Ettore Scola's The Terrace certainly comes in somewhere)."[17] Critics have also identified other purposefully explicit film homages: to Roma, ,[18][19] Scola's Splendor,[19] Michelangelo Antonioni's La notte.[20] In a negative review for the Financial Times, Antonia Quirke complained "an overtly grotesque way that suggests Fellini's Casanova or City of Women but feels a lot more like Baz Luhrmann."[21] Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar named the film as one of the twelve best films of 2013, and placed it at the second place.[22]

Film critic top lists[edit]

Various critics have named the film as one of the best of 2013.

Accolades[edit]

List of Accolades
Award / Film FestivalCategoryRecipient(s)Result
86th Academy Awards[39]Best Foreign Language FilmPaolo SorrentinoWon
79th New York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmPaolo SorrentinoRunner-up
71st Golden Globe Awards[40][41]Best Foreign Language FilmPaolo SorrentinoWon
67th British Academy Film Awards[42]Best Foreign FilmPaolo SorrentinoWon
67th Silver Ribbon AwardsBest DirectorPaolo SorrentinoNominated
Best ProducerNicola Giuliano and Francesca CimaNominated
Best ScreenplayPaolo Sorrentino and Umberto ContarelloNominated
Best Supporting ActorCarlo VerdoneWon
Best Supporting ActressSabrina FerilliWon
Best CinematographyLuca BigazziWon
Best CostumesDaniela CiancioNominated
Best SoundEmanuele CecereWon
Best ScoreLele MarchitelliNominated
66th Cannes Film FestivalPalme d'OrPaolo SorrentinoNominated
60th Belgian Film Critics AssociationGrand PrixPaolo SorrentinoNominated
59th David di Donatello AwardsBest FilmNicola Giuliano and Francesca CimaPending
Best DirectorPaolo SorrentinoPending
Best ScriptPaolo Sorrentino and Umberto ContarelloPending
Best ProducerFrancesca Cima and Francesca CimaPending
Best ActorToni ServilloPending
Best ActressSabrina FerilliPending
Best Supporting ActorCarlo VerdonePending
Best Supporting ActressGalatea RanziPending
Best CinematographyLuca BigazziPending
Best ScoreLele MarchitelliPending
Best Sets and DecorationsStefania CellaPending
Best CostumesDaniela CiancioPending
Best MakeupMaurizio SilviPending
Best HairstylingAldo SignorettiPending
Best EditingCristiano TravaglioliPending
Best SoundEmanuele CecerePending
Best Visual EffectsRodolfo Migliari and Luca Della GrottaPending
Youngs' DavidPaolo SorrentinoPending
53rd Italian Golden GlobeBest DirectorPaolo SorrentinoNominated
Best ActorToni ServilloNominated
Best CinematographyLuca BigazziWon
Best MusicLele MarchitelliNominated
39th César Awards[43]Best Foreign FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
34th London Film Critics Circle AwardsBest FilmNicola Giuliano and Francesca CimaNominated
Director of the YearPaolo SorrentinoNominated
Best Foreign Language FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
34th Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmPaolo SorrentinoWon
29th Independent Spirit AwardsBest Foreign FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
28th Goya AwardsBest European FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
26th European Film AwardsBest FilmPaolo SorrentinoWon
Best DirectorPaolo SorrentinoWon
Best ActorToni ServilloWon
Best ScreenwriterPaolo Sorrentino and Umberto ContarelloNominated
Best EditorCristiano TravaglioliWon
20th Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
19th Critics' Choice AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
18th Florida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
18th Satellite AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
17th Hollywood Film AwardsBest International FilmPaolo SorrentinoWon
Best Independent FilmPaolo SorrentinoWon
Best New ScreenplayPaolo Sorrentino and Umberto ContarelloWon
Best ActorToni ServilloNominated
Breakout PerformanceToni ServilloNominated
17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival[44]Grand PrixPaolo SorrentinoWon
Jury PrixLuca BigazziWon
16th British Independent Film AwardsBest Foreign Independent FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
15th Cinemanila International Film FestivalLino Brocka Award for Best FilmPaolo SorrentinoWon
11th International Cinephile Society AwardsBest FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated
Best Foreign FilmPaolo SorrentinoNominated

See also[edit]

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