‘The Great Beauty’ FFCC Reviews

FFCC members review Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty.


Hans MorgensternIndependent Ethos

“Servillo does a splendid job harnessing Jep’s conflicting traits of jaded, free-wheeling and vulnerable, as the film trudges along across a dynamic two-and-a-half-hour runtime that ultimately earns one of the most significant end title sequences ever committed to film. As a celebration of the visual form of cinema, this unassuming final note achieves a moment of transcendence that should be savored to the last second of its eight minutes by anyone who has learned something from the film’s brilliant finale:  It is in the moments when we live, everything else is ‘blah, blah, blah.'”

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Skip SheffieldSkip Sheffield’s Flix

“In this sumptuous, beautifully-photographed elegy (cinematography by Luca Bigazzi), we see a parade of Felliniesque characters from Jep’s childhood and Catholic upbringing to his swinging, libertine heyday as a star journalist to his current reflective state after the death of an old girlfriend. Rome has never looked more beautiful than in this fantasy, in which Jep’s designer apartment is just across the street from the Coliseum. The women are beautiful in various stages of dress and undress and the men are philosophical and fatalistic.”
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Ruben RosarioMiami Sun Post

“The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino’s pointed satire of idle Eurotrash snobbery, exudes Rome’s old-world allure in every frame, so much so that watching as the filmmaker’s endlessly roving camera glides through a succession of decadent soirées and opulent dinners makes you feel as if you’ve hobnobbed in these social circles your entire life. It’s an intoxicating, languidly rendered city symphony with echoes of Fellini and Antonioni, and yet it isn’t quite the slavish love letter to these auteurs one would expect.”

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