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4,270 Ratings

The Great Beauty

La grande bellezza

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Italy, France, 2013
Comedy, Drama


Jep Gambardella is 65, he is a successful journalist who flits between culture and the high life in a Rome that never ceases being a sanctuary of wonder and greatness. Behind the decadence and decay of reality, the city continues to preserve a hidden and sometimes desperate beauty.

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The Great Beauty Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | Nominee: Best Actor

The Great Beauty is a picaresque tableau of Italy and its attempt to cling on to twilight glamour. [It’s] a very attractive film with exquisite visuals and set pieces.
June 05, 2015
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Sumptuously sensual, crammed with gusto, vitality, spectacle, and invention, The Great Beauty(2013) is also a cautionary tale about the heedless pursuit of pleasure. Director Paolo Sorrentino pulls out all the stops visually, layering one stunning, eye-opening image onto another. But for all this, the film is also, paradoxically, austere and rigorous… The Great Beauty is [Sorrentino’s] best film so far, a culmination of his inquiries into the clash between man as social animal and introvert.
March 24, 2014
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Upon watching La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty, 2013) by Paolo Sorrentino, the first two surfacing feelings are: what a stunning piece of work, and what a desperate country Italy has become. The film is feast for the senses, a synaesthetic experience of visual images, words, and music that cannot shade, but rather highlights, the desolation of the world represented.
March 23, 2014
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