The Great Beauty (2013)

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TitleThe Great Beauty
Original TitleLa grande bellezza
Year2013
CountryBelgium, France, Italy
GenreDrama (Movies)
Run Time2h 21 min
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The film opens with a quote from Céline’s 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.” 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, Gambardella 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 become 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 who will commit suicide by crashing voluntarily with his car; Stefania, a self-centred radical chic writer; Dadina, the dwarf editor of the newspaper where Jep works.

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The film opens with a quote from Céline’s 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.” 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, Gambardella 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 become 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 who will commit suicide by crashing voluntarily with his car; Stefania, a self-centred radical chic writer; Dadina, the dwarf editor of the newspaper where Jep works.

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