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The Great Beauty 2013 / A sublime Italian drama on aging and the fad of luxury

9.5

A critical favorite and award-show sweeper, The Great Beauty celebrates the sheer decadence of Italian cinema and the Italian capital, Rome, in a tour de force of luxury and gorgeousness. Following an aging bon vivant and Roman socialite who squandered a youth of artistic promise for the simple pleasures of being, the film is a meditation on art, regret, pleasure and the beauty of the eternal city.

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    Nicholas

    One of the best foreign films I have had the pleasure of watching. If you are familiar with the director [Sorrentino] you will distinctly know it's one of his films, which is not a bad thing at all. What really makes this film a masterpiece is the characters and lead role acting from Toni Servillo. He is absolutely brilliant while making it all look effortless. His dialogue and intellect throughout are worth a standing ovation. You feel his pain, humor and loneliness, all while maintaining his controlled intellectual ego. On the surface he is content but bored. Inside he is searching for inspiration, as many of us are when you are not occupied with a family, as he plays an aging, single, popular intellect. This film is near perfect and a much watch for anyone. 1 person liked this review.

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