The Great Beauty

 

 Toni Servillo in Great Beauty at Upstate Films
Now showing
in Rhinebeck
 
Feb 18 – 20
 
Tues 8:00
Wed 1:45

 
(Italy / 2013 / Dir by Paolo Sorrentino)
R / 142 mins
Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Won Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film
Reminiscent of Fellini, this visually spectacular film meanders through Rome in all its glory taking in the glam of nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. It tells the story of Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) who, since writing a best-selling novel while in his twenties,has immersed himself in all things shallow until a blast from the past makes him reappraise life. 
Armed with roguish charm, the dazzling Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo, Il Divo and Gomorrah) has seduced his way through the city’s lavish night life for decades, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shocking bit of news from the past, he finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life in a series of beautifully rendered vignettes. He turns his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to understand his life amidst the splendor. In Italian with subtitles. 

“A Technicolor LA DOLCE VITA for the Berlusconi era.”
– Rachel Donadio, The New York Times

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