The Great Beauty

La Grande Bellezza

dir. Paolo Sorrentino

The Great Beauty

La Grande Bellezza

dir. Paolo Sorrentino

The Great Beauty

La Grande Bellezza

dir. Paolo Sorrentino

The Great Beauty

La Grande Bellezza

dir. Paolo Sorrentino

Skip to schedule and film credits
A world-weary journalist drifts through the hedonistic ennui of Rome's high-class nightlife, in this riff on Fellini's classic La Dolce Vita by celebrated Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo).

Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, 2014 Academy Awards

Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2013

Reuniting provocative Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino with star Toni Servillo after their triumph with Il Divo, The Great Beauty evokes Fellini's classic La Dolce Vita in its sardonic odyssey into Rome's high-class nightlife. Having long since abandoned his ideals along with his artistic ambitions, aging, cynical, world-weary journalist Jep Gambardella (Servillo) drifts through the social whirl of the Eternal City, seeking to keep the emptiness at bay through compulsive partying, shallow conversations and casual sex, while the timeless beauty of the city's monuments and statues acts as a wordless reminder of a glorious past now lost. A grand indictment of a man, and a society, which have both lost their way, The Great Beauty is "a pure sensual overload of richness and strangeness and sadness ... Sorrentino's best film so far" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian).