The Great Beauty  

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"To this question, when we were young, my friends used to answer always the same way: "Pussy". I instead used to answer: "Old people's houses' smell". The question was: "What do you really like in life?". I was destined to sensibility. I was destined to become a writer. I was destined to become Jep Gambardella."--The Great Beauty (2013) by Paolo Sorrentino

“To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength.”--Journey to the End of the Night (1932) by Céline

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) is a 2013 Italian film co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Set in Rome, locations include the Baths of Caracalla, Parco degli Acquedotti, San Pietro in Montorio, Villa Medici, Palazzo Barberini and Lungotevere.

The film has often been compared to Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita .



The film opens with a quote from Céline's Journey to the End of the Night: “To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength.” The main character is an aging socialite, 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, he walks through the ruins and city streets, encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment.



The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating with a weighted average rating of 7.8/10 based on 100 reviews and certifying it "fresh". The critical consensus described it as "[d]azzlingly ambitious, beautifully filmed, and thoroughly enthralling, The Great Beauty offers virtuoso filmmaking from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino."


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