The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)
Show More

Comments (10)

Brandon  avatar
Brandon

This is one of my favorite movies, and yes it is visually stunning. However, layered into the beauty and absurdity of modern, neo-aristocratic Rome living is a serious indictment of the excess of an entire country and culture. Definitely essential viewing, arguably gaining more and more ...Read more

Anonymous picture
Meshi

What a beautiful film. The cinematography is mesmerizing, the human experience heart-wrenching. Every shot is a poem. How have I not seen this before?

Lindsay avatar
Lindsay

The timelines don't perfectly align, but it isn't hard to imagine Jep Gambardella as an aged Marcello Rubini, wandering the streets of Rome just as he did in La Dolce Vita. Indeed, in many ways Paolo Sorrentino's THE GREAT BEAUTY is a modern re-working of Fellini's 1960 classic. Both films, ...Read more

Rene avatar
Rene

The real star of this film is Rome. A portrait so loving I immediately booked a trip there after seeing it.

Anonymous picture
Christine

Yes! I was just going to write the same thing, and in fact just did that on my Facebook post of this film. The atmospherics are superb, she is divine and eternal, and this film really shows that.

Anonymous picture
Elijah

Surprised that this is the first time I'm encountering a film by Sorrentino. Ah and what an encounter! This is an epic film; the score and the cinematography are totally mesmerizing. Thanks Kanopy for screening this.

Anonymous picture
Emily

Beautiful film. Visually stunning. You'll want to watch again and again.

Anonymous picture
Joshua

Possibly the best film of the decade. Seeing this in the theater was one of the most moving experiences I've ever had. Films like this remind me of why I keep coming back to cinema and why I wish to share my own voice. I will forever remember this film.
Thank you so much, Paolo ...Read more

Anonymous picture
Zoe

I completely agree, I re-watched this over and over when it came out, the camera that never stops moving, the poetic writing, totally mesmerizing. FYI - we're working on getting Sorrentino's "The Pope" series soon, stay tuned!

L avatar
L

Weird but mesmerizing.

Related videos

L'avventura
Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960's cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L'AVVENTURA concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her…
Divorce Italian Style
Baron Ferdinando Cefalu (Marcello Mastroianni) longs to marry his nubile young cousin Angela (Stefania Sandrelli), but one obstacle stands in his way: his fatuous and fawning wife, Rosalia (Daniela Rocca). His solution? Since divorce is illegal, he hatches a plan to lure his spouse into the arms of another and…
Amarcord
This carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the fascist period, the most personal film from Federico Fellini, satirizes the director's youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nina Rota's classic, nostalgia-tinged score. The Academy Award-winning Amarcord…
Rome Open City
This was Roberto Rossellini's revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with more melodramatic flair than the other films that would form this trilogy and starring some well-known actors--Aldo Fabrizi as a priest helping the partisan cause…
Padre Padrone
Follows the story of young, barely literate shepherd boy Gavino who lives under the thumb of his tyrannical peasant father. He is ultimately rescued from his family and his isolated lifestyle by a call to military service, eventually emerging as a brilliant linguist and scholar. Based on the book by…
Bicycle Thieves
Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award-winning BICYCLE THIEVES, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate…
The Tailor - Il sarto dei tedischi
July 1944. San Miniato, Italy, is occupied by the Nazis. Paolino, the local tailor, receives a visit of the SS officer Rudolf Schmidt, who commissioned him a suit. One day, Lucia enters his shop. She is as friend of Paolino and a Partisan courier. She and Mauro, a friend of…
La Sapienza
At the height of his career, Alexandre decides to set off for Italy with the idea of completing his draft - interrupted years earlier - of a book on Borromini. He is accompanied by his wife Alienor who feels her relationship with her husband gradually slipping away along with the…
8 1/2
Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 (Otto e mezzo) turns one man's artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title…
Love And Anarchy - Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero 'stamattina alle 10 in via dei Fiori nella nota casa di tolleranza...
An epic tragicomedy from director Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), LOVE AND ANARCHY plumbs the depths of fascist Italy from the perspective of a simple farm boy sent to kill Mussolini. Giancarlo Giannini (The Seduction of Mimi) won the best acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his achingly sensitive…
Ugly, Dirty and Bad - Brutti, sporchi e cattivi
Acclaimed Italian auteur Ettore Scola pairs up with legendary actor Nino Manfredi in this irreverent Cannes-winning comedy. Giacinto (Manfredi), along with four generations of his sprawling, crooked clan, lives in a cramped, dilapidated home on the outskirts of Rome. When a work accident leaves him blind in one eye, the…
The Dinner - I nostri ragazzi
Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, THE DINNER turns an ordinary meal among family into a taut morality play as the limits of polite society are tested and two brothers discover just how little they know about each other. To Massimo, a gutsy defense attorney, the monthly dinners…