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The Great Beauty

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The Great Beauty
Italian theatrical release poster
ItalianLa grande bellezza
Directed byPaolo Sorrentino
Screenplay by
  • Paolo Sorrentino
  • Umberto Contarello
Story byPaolo Sorrentino
Produced by
  • Nicola Giuliano
  • Francesca Cima
CinematographyLuca Bigazzi
Edited byCristiano Travaglioli
Music byLele Marchitelli
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 21 May 2013 (2013-05-21) (Cannes)
  • 21 May 2013 (2013-05-21) (Italy)[1]
  • 22 May 2013 (2013-05-22) (France)
Running time
  • 142 minutes
  • 173 minutes (director's cut)
  • Italy
  • France
Budget€9.2 million
Box office$24.9 million[2]

The Great Beauty (Italian: La grande bellezza [laˈɡrandebelˈlettsa]) is a 2013 art drama film co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Filming took place in Rome starting on 9 August 2012. It premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in competition for the Palme d'Or.[3] It was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival,[4] the 2013 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (winning Grand Prix), and at the 2013 Reykjavik European Film Festival.

The film won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[5] as well as the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award in the same category. It is a co-production between the Italian Medusa Film and Indigo Film and the French Babe Films, with support from Banca Popolare di Vicenza, Pathé and France 2 Cinéma.[6][7] With a production budget of €9.2 million, the film grossed over $24 million worldwide.

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The film opens with a quote from Louis-Ferdinand Céline's novel Journey to the End of the Night: "Travel is useful; it exercises the imagination. All the rest is disappointment and fatigue. Our journey is entirely imaginary. That is its strength. It goes from life to death. People, animals, cities, things – all are imagined. It's a novel, just a fictitious narrative. Littré says so, and he's never wrong. And besides, in the first place, anyone can do as much. You just have to close your eyes. It's on the other side of life."[8][9][10][11][12]

Jep Gambardella is a 65-year-old seasoned journalist and theater critic, a fascinating man, mostly committed to wandering among the social events of a Rome immersed in the beauty of its history and in the superficiality of its inhabitants today, in a merciless contrast. He also ventured into creative writing in his youth: he is the author of only one work called The Human Apparatus. Despite the appreciation and the many awards he received, Jep has not written other books, not only for his laziness but above all for a creative block from which he cannot escape. The purpose of his existence has been to become a "socialite", but not just any socialite, but "the king of society".

Jep is surrounded by several friends: Romano, a playwright who is perpetually on the leash of a young woman who exploits him; Lello, a mouthy and wealthy toy seller; Viola, a wealthy bourgeois and mother of a son with serious mental problems named Andrea; Stefania, a self-centred radical chic writer; Dadina, the dwarf editor of the newspaper where Jep works.

One morning, he meets the husband of Elisa, a woman who has been Jep's first and probably only love: the man announces that Elisa has died, leaving behind only a diary in which the woman tells of her love for Jep; thus, her husband discovered that he had been a mere surrogate for 35 years, nothing more than "a good companion". Elisa's husband, now afflicted and grieved, will soon find consolation in the affectionate welcome of his foreign maid. After this episode, Jep begins a profound and melancholic reinterpretation of his life and a long meditation on himself and on the world around him. And, above all, he thinks about starting to write again.

During the following days, Jep meets Ramona, a stripper with painful secrets, and Cardinal Bellucci, in whom the passion for cooking is more alive than his Catholic faith; Jep is gradually convinced of the futility and uselessness of his existence. Soon his "vicious circle" also breaks down: Ramona, with whom he had established an innocent and profound relationship, dies of an incurable disease; Romano, disappointed by the deceptive attractiveness of Rome, leaves the city, farewelling only Jep; Stefania, humiliated by Jep, who had revealed her secrets and her lies to her face, left Jep's worldly circle; Viola, on the other hand, after the death of her son, donates all her possessions to the Church and becomes a missionary in Africa.

Just when hopes seem to abandon Jep once and for all, he is saved by a new episode: after a meeting, pushed by Dadina, who wants to get an interview with a "Saint", a Catholic missionary nun in the Third World, Jep goes to Giglio Island to report on the shipwreck of the Costa Concordia. Right here, remembering his first meeting with Elisa in a flashback, a glimmer of hope rekindles in him: his next novel is finally ready to come to light.



No.[a] Title Album[b] Artists Composer
1 "I lie" (The Little Match Girl Passion) 1-01 Torino Vocalensemble David Lang
2 Far l'amore 2-01 Bob Sinclar & Raffaella Carrà
3 More than scarlet 2-02 Decoder Ring
4 Mueve la colita 2–17 El Gato D.J.
5 My heart's in the highlands 1-03 Else Torp,
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
Arvo Pärt
6 Que no se acabe el mambo 2–14 La Banda Gorda
7 The Lamb 1-07 The choir of the Temple Church
directed by Stephen Layton
John Tavener
text by William Blake
8 Parade 2-06 Tape
9 III. Lento—Cantabile-semplice
from Symphony No. 3
1–10 London Sinfonietta, Dawn Upshaw
directed by David Zinman
Henryk Górecki
10 World to come IV 1-02 Maya Beiser David Lang
11 Moody ESG
12 Take my breath away 2-03 Gui Boratto
13 The beatitudes 1-05 Kronos Quartet Vladimir Martynov
14 Forever 2-08 Antonello Venditti Maurizio Fabrizio
15 Pancho
16 There must be an angel
(playing with my heart)
Lorraine Bowen Annie Lennox, David A. Stewart
17 Water from the same source 2–10 Rachel's
18 II. Adagio
from Symphony in C major
1-08 film: Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra
album: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Donald Johanos
Georges Bizet
19 Dies irae
from Requiem for my Friend
1-06 Elżbieta Towarnicka, Dariusz Paradowski, Piotr Lykowski, Piotr Kusiewicz, Grzegorz Zychowicz and Jan Szypowski Zbigniew Preisner
20 Everything trying 2–05 Damien Jurado
21 Discoteca 2–16 Exchpoptrue
22 We no speak americano 2–15 Studio Allstars
23 Ti ruberò 2–12 Monica Cetti
24 Trois mouvements perpétuels Peter Beijersbergen van Henegouwen Francis Poulenc
25 Beata viscera 1–11 Vox Clamantis Magister Perotinus
Time 1-04 Lele Marchitelli (it)
River flows 1-09 Lele Marchitelli
Brain waves 2-04 Lele Marchitelli
Color my world 2-07 Lele Marchitelli
Surge of excitement 2-09 Lele Marchitelli
Settembre non comincia 2–11 Lele Marchitelli
Trumeau 2–13 Lele Marchitelli
Ramona 2–18 Los Paraguayos and Luis Alberto del Paraná Lele Marchitelli


Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 91% approval rating, based on 135 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 8/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Dazzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino."[13] The film holds a score of 86/100 on Metacritic based on 34 reviews, signifying "universal acclaim".[14]

Robbie Collin at The Daily Telegraph awarded Sorrentino's film the maximum five stars and described it as "a shimmering coup de cinema". He likened it to Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City and Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita in its ambition to record a period of Roman history on film. "Rossellini covered the Nazi occupation of 1944; Fellini the seductive, empty hedonism of the years that followed. Sorrentino's plan is to do the same for the Berlusconi era," he wrote.[15] Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter stated "Sorrentino's vision of moral chaos and disorder, spiritual and emotional emptiness at this moment in time is even darker than Fellini's (though Ettore Scola's The Terrace certainly comes in somewhere)."[16] Critics have also identified other purposefully explicit film homages: to Roma, ,[17] Scola's Splendor,[citation needed] Michelangelo Antonioni's La notte.[18] Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar named the film as one of the twelve best films of 2013, placing it second in his list.[19] In 2016, the film was ranked among the 100 greatest films since 2000 in an international critics poll by 177 critics around the world.[20] It is currently director Paolo Sorrentino's second highest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes.[21]

Film critics' top lists

Various critics named the film as one of the best of 2013.

Peter Bradshaw also named the film as one of the 20 best films of the 21st Century in the Guardian.[38]

Awards and nominations

List of Accolades
Organizations / Festivals Category Recipient(s) Result
86th Academy Awards[39] Best International Feature Film Italy Won
79th New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Runner-up
71st Golden Globe Awards[40][41] Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language Paolo Sorrentino Won
67th British Academy Film Awards[42] Best Film Not in the English Language Paolo Sorrentino Won
4th International Online Film Critics' Poll[43] Top Ten Films Won
Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Nominated
67th Silver Ribbon Awards[44] Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Producer Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima Nominated
Best Screenplay Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Carlo Verdone Won
Best Supporting Actress Sabrina Ferilli Won
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Won
Best Costumes Daniela Ciancio Nominated
Best Sound Emanuele Cecere Won
Best Score Lele Marchitelli Nominated
66th Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
60th Belgian Film Critics Association Grand Prix Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
59th David di Donatello Awards[45] Best Film Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima Nominated
Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Script Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Nominated
Best Producer Francesca Cima and Francesca Cima Won
Best Actor in a Leading Role Toni Servillo Won
Best Actress in a Leading Role Sabrina Ferilli Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Carlo Verdone Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Galatea Ranzi Nominated
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Won
Best Score Lele Marchitelli Nominated
Best Sets and Decorations Stefania Cella Won
Best Costumes Daniela Ciancio Won
Best Makeup Maurizio Silvi Won
Best Hairstyle Aldo Signoretti Won
Best Editing Cristiano Travaglioli Nominated
Best Sound Emanuele Cecere Nominated
Best Special Visual Effects Rodolfo Migliari and Luca Della Grotta Won
David Giovani Award Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
53rd Italian Golden Globe Best Directing Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Leading Actor Toni Servillo Nominated
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Won
Best Music Lele Marchitelli Nominated
39th César Awards[46] Best Foreign Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
34th London Film Critics Circle Awards Best Film Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima Nominated
Director of the Year Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
34th Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
29th Ciak d'oro[47] Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Actor Toni Servillo Won
Best Supporting Actor Carlo Verdone Won
Best Supporting Actress Sabrina Ferilli Won
Best Producer Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima Won
Best Cinematography Luca Bigazzi Won
Best Sets and Decorations Stefania Cella Won
Best Costumes Daniela Ciancio Won
Best Screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Nominated
Best Sound Emanuele Cecere and Francesco Sabez Nominated
Best Editing Cristiano Travaglioli Nominated
Best Music Lele Marchitelli Nominated
Best Movie Poster Anna Di Cintio, Matteo Desogus, Fabrizio Caperna and Geo Ceccarelli Nominated
29th Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
28th Goya Awards Best European Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
26th European Film Awards[48] Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Actor Toni Servillo Won
Best Screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Nominated
Best Editor Cristiano Travaglioli Won
20th Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
19th Critics' Choice Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
18th Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
18th Satellite Awards Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
17th Hollywood Film Awards Best International Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Independent Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best New Screenplay Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello Won
Best Actor Toni Servillo Nominated
Breakout Performance Toni Servillo Nominated
17th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival[49] Grand Prix Paolo Sorrentino Won
Jury Prix Luca Bigazzi Won
16th British Independent Film Awards Best Foreign Independent Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
15th Cinemanila International Film Festival Lino Brocka Award for Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
11th International Cinephile Society Awards Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Foreign Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated

See also


  1. ^ Order of appearance in the film's closing credits. '–' indicates original music by Lele Marchitelli, individual tracks not credited in the film.
  2. ^ CD and track number from the original two-CD soundtrack album, Indigo Film IND009. '–' indicates tracks not included on the album.


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