La grande bellezza (2013)
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- The Great Beauty
- 141 min.
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Brilliantly sumptuous style that perfectly captures a society trapped in a circle of perennial self-indulgence, which stifles any meaningful human value. A portrait of utter decadence without become itself decadent is not an easy coup and Sorrentino's film fully succeeds in it by subtly maintaining a notion of human loss . A modern classic with many memorable, superbly imagined and executed scenes.
Stunning story and cinematography. Lots of lush colours and a marvellous fluid camera. Great performances, too.
I understand the comparisons to La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2, but I don't think that saying that this is better or worse than Fellini's works is quite fair. The similarities are there, but The Great Beauty is its own thing.
Beautiful, stylish and lush cinematography with a very dreamlike narrative that guides you into a rich and poetic discourse about life, love and death. For some, however, it might come off as shallow, as the pretty surface to an empty shell, but I thought of it as both a gorgeous and thought-provoking film.
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This movie ranks #26 in European Film Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #28 in iCheckMovies's 2010s Top 100
This movie ranks #64 in BBC's The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #66 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film
This movie ranks #82 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #198 in iCheckMovies's Most Favorited
This movie ranks #296 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
This movie ranks #330 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #719 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #849 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #971 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die