THE GREAT BEAUTYItaly | 2013 | 142 min | Rated R | Comedy, Drama
Sunday December 22, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Laia Forte, Serena Grandi
Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth 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
"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
Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" led the 26th European Film Awards this past Sunday, taking top prizes for best film, best director, best actor and best editing.