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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Toni Servillo
Carlo Verdone
Sabrina Ferilli.
Directors
Paolo Sorrentino.
Screenwriters
Paolo Sorrentino.
Running Time
141 minutes

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The Great Beauty
La dolche vita


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Plot
Jaded journo Jep Gambardella (Servillo) lives the Roman high life, swaying from one decadent party to another. But the tolling of time and the superficiality of the scene is taking its toil.


Review
The Great Beauty

A specific evocation of time and place that nonetheless continues to shape the global perception of Italian culture, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita is a film of such reflective surfaces that it practically defies homage. But that’s what Italian super-stylist Paolo Sorrentino has more or less attempted in this richly visualised, vignette-based meditation on 21st-century excess and ecstasy in the Italian capital, as seen through the eyes of Toni Servillo’s privileged but jaded journalist. At once damning and celebratory, the film’s extreme self-indulgence is rather its point; some will thrill to its florid sensibility, others may feel the need for a Maalox. 


Verdict
Sumptuous and self-indulgent, Sorrentino's latest is a Fellini-like feast for the eyes.


Reviewed by Guy Lodge

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Plays at times like a more conventional, less daring version of 1972’s Roma...On its own merits, Sorrentino’s film ain’t half-bad, but it’s no Fellini picture. ... More

Posted by chang at 12:08, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


Fascinating film that stays with you long after

Rather disappointed in the paper thin review of a near two-and-a-half-hour feast for the eyes. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the film, especially the magnificent Tony Servillo, I'm not going to pretend that I understood all of the themes or subtle hints in the film, so to go to Empire and only find a paragraph of filler that lacks any substantial comment hardly reflects well on the "World's Biggest Movie Magazine". ... More

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Posted by The Real Alex Young at 18:32, 16 September 2013 | Report This Post


Neither Florid nor Fellini

I think Fellini is the great red herring here - the superificial set-up and easy go-to that doesn't bear real examination. Where his dreadful La Dolce Vita has caricature that seems to come from dreadful directorial choices rather than any real substantive theme, Sorrentino's disreputable rich vibrate with life, with depth, with reality. Nothing in Fellini resembles the gut punch Jep receives that moves to start altering his world, one he is seemingly tired of - going too far with a friend. seei... More

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