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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

The Great Beauty

Viewed this film over the weekend and really enjoyed it. The cinemaphotograhpy is grand, and the lead actor - Toni Servillo is amazing. 

The main character's search for the elusive beauty in life and art, and how he comes to terms with this, is fantastic. I recommend this film not just because of the subject matter and the lovely photography, but it's construction is exquisite - cutting from thought to thought, from the middle of a scene to the middle of another - a great weave through a few days of this man's life. 

Here's a trailer: 

The Great Beauty (Italian: La grande bellezza) is a 2013 Italian film co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Filming took place in Rome starting on 9 August 2012. It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in competition for the Palme d'Or.[3]It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival[4] and at the 2013 Reykjavik European Film Festival.
The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[5] as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category. It is a co-production between the Italian Medusa Film and Indigo Film and the French Babe Films, with support from Banca Popolare di Vicenza, Pathé and France 2 Cinéma.[6][7] With a production budget of €9.2 million, the film has so far grossed over $23 million worldwide.