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    THE GREAT BEAUTY

    Dir. Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, 2013, 142 min., NR, DCP, In Italian w/ English subtitles
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    Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo of IL DIVO and GOMORRAH) has been a permanent fixture in Rome’s literary and social circles since the legendary success of his one and only novel. Armed with a roguish charm, he has seduced his way through the city's lavish night life for decades, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties and cafés to find Rome in all its glory— a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

     

    "THE GREAT BEAUTY, an essay on nostalgia, gives even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies and the reviving artistry of Paolo Sorrentino ... it is the year’s grandest, most exhilarating foreign film." —Richard and Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine
    
    "A radiant work on the meaning of life ... THE GREAT BEAUTY is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino's mind, a lot more."  —Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
    
    "The face of Toni Servillo is one of the treasures of modern cinema ... Look no further, if you wish to know whether, where, and in what guise the spirit of Fellini remains at work — and, better still, at play." —Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
    
    "A deliriously alive movie ... a wildly inventive and sometimes thrilling ode to sensibility and to some of its linguistic cousins, like sensation, sensitivity and sentiment."  —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times