Kalamazoo Film Society

THE GREAT BEAUTY

Director Paolo Sorrentino
Year 2013
Starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
Run Time 142min
Age Policy

17 and up; Children 5 and up will be allowed only with a parent or guardian. No children under the age of 5 will be allowed.

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GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER: Best Foreign Language Film

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER: Best Foreign Language Film

 

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

 

This title is part of Film Club's THE LOST WEEKEND.  Click HERE to find out more about Film Club and THE LOST WEEKEND festival.

 

 

 

**Academy Award® Winner: Best Foreign Language Film**

Jep Gambardella, an aging socialite who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties, retired into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome.

After his 65th birthday party, where he is feted at his plush apartment overlooking the Coliseum, he walks through the ruins and city streets, encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment. 

"Throughout the film, Sorrentino delivers gorgeous images, crazy images, startling and sexy and serene images; it’s a visual bath of sorts — the great beauty is everywhere, Jep (and we) just have to be open to it. There is tragedy, yes, and life is something of an act at which we fail. But the great beauty is there. And this film is certainly part of it." -- Tom Long, Detroit News

"Director and co-writer Paolo Sorrentino... has given us a LA DOLCE VITA for a new century, and a different, swirling collection (in widescreen color this time, as opposed to Fellini's black and white) of artists, actors, poseurs, striptease artists, performance artists, the rich, the famous, the sacred, the profane." -- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

 

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