The Great Beauty

Rated NR 142 minutes 2013

A famous (and famously hedonistic) novelist relives his life in the form of a psychodrama in this gorgeous but wispy film by Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be the Place). Unlike that iffy 2011 movie, we’re happy to go along for an eye-candy cityscape/dreamscape/tunescape of Rome nightlife with Jep (Toni Servillo, master of the shoulder shrug), whose friends and relations bear a suspicious resemblance to those in the films of a certain director with a name beginning with an “F.” If we are to believe Sorrentino and co-writer Umberto Contarello, present-day Romans: a) are required to have a suntan; b) always wear tight clothing; and c) love to talk and talk. A little La Dolce Vita, bits of Last Year at Marienbad, and flashes of Russian Ark (142 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Producer: Francesca Cima, Fabio Conversi, Nicola Giuliano, Jérôme Seydoux and Viola Prestieri

Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi, Franco Graziosi, Giorgio Pasotti, Massimo Popolizio, Sonia Gessner, Luca Marinelli, Serena Grandi and Anna Rosa

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