by Paolo Sorrentino .
Starring wonderful as a journalist Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties,
only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome. After his 65th birthday party,
where he is feted at his plush apartment overlooking the Coliseum, he walks through the ruins and city streets,
encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment. (source; Wikipedia)
La Grande Bellezza is a xtraordinary film full of lavish richness, strangeness and sadness.
It goes from tragicomedy to pure philosophy, from grotesque to crystal poetry. It weaves it's magic around you with
brilliant performance by Toni Servillo (Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello's screenplay) and mesmerising Luca Bigazzi's
cinematography until you are completely seduced with it's "la grande bellezza".
Jep Gambardella: This is how it always ends. With death. But first there was life, hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah... It's all
settled beneath the chitter chatter and the noise, silence and sentiment, emotion and fear. The haggard, inconstant flashes of
beauty. And then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity. All buried under the cover of the embarrassment of being in
the world, blah, blah, blah... Beyond there is what lies beyond. And I don't deal with what lies beyond.
Therefore... let this novel begin. After all... it's just a trick. Yes, it's just a trick.