The eponymous GREAT BEAUTY does not refer to a woman, but to the city of Rome. Writer and director Paolo Sorrentino pays an elegant and melancholic tribute to the eternal city true to the spirit of Federico Fellini’s LA DOLCE VITA and ROMA. The film revolves around an aging writer and art critic, a friend of the rich and famous, who is going through an existential crisis. Long ago, he has written a critically acclaimed novel, but be is no longer capable of pulling himself together for such an effort. Instead, he drifts from one party or dinner in the city to the next, always reminiscing about his first great love. THE GREAT BEAUTY wistfully looks back on the grand old days and puts that time in contrast to the vulgarity of Berlusconi’s Italy. This is Sorrentino’s most indulgent film, a declaration of love for his adopted home, expressed in baroque images by cinematographer Luca Bigazzi. THE GREAT BEAUTY won a European Film Award and an Oscar for foreign-language film.
La Grande Bellezza
2, rue Lamennais
Schönhauser Allee 8
Selected filmography Paolo Sorrentino
L'UOMO IN PIÙ (2001), LE CONSEGUENZE DELL'AMORE (2004), L'AMICO DI FAMIGLIA (2006), IL DIVO - DER GÖTTLICHE (2008), CHEYENNE - THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (2011), LA GRANDE BELLEZZA - DIE GROSSE SCHÖN-HEIT (2013), YOUTH (2015)