La grande bellezza (' the great beauty ') is a Italian drama film from 2013 and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The film garnered universally rave reviews and is overloaded with prices. La grande bellezza was awarded the Oscar for best foreign language film, the Golden Globe for best foreign film, the BAFTAaward for best foreign language film and voted best film at the 26th European Film Awards.Read warning: text below contains details about the content and/or the end of the story.
The main character of La grande bellezza is Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist who wrote an award-winning novel in his younger years. After this early success immersed himself in the cosmopolitan nightlife of Gambardella Rome and he never wrote a second novel. In the film the main character becomes disillusioned about the hollow pretensions and empty sex in his environment and he mourns over the missed opportunities in his life, such as his lost childhood love. Gambardella decision to give his life a new direction and look for the actual meaning and beauty of life.
In addition to the unmasking of the decadent jet-set of Rome La grande bellezza is also a tribute to the eternal beauty of the city, which is captured in beautiful images by Paolo Sorrentino.
Musically speaking, the soundtrack to the film from one extreme to the other, the serene religious music by Arvo Pärt to a techno-version of the sex-crazed disco number ' A far l'amore comincia tu "by Raffaella Carrà on Jep Gambardella's house party.
- Toni Servillo: Jep Gambardella
- Carlo Verdone: Romano
- Sabrina Ferilli: Ramona
- Carlo Buccirosso: Lello Cava
- Iaia Forte: Trumeau
- Pamela Villoresi: Viola
- Galatea Ranzi: Stefania
- Franco Graziosi: Dan Colonna
- Sonia Gessner: Countess Colonna
- Giorgio Pasotti: Stefano
- Luca Marinelli: Andrea
- Massimo Popolizio: Alfio Bracco
- Serena Grandi: Lorena
- Ivan Franek: Ron Sweet
- Roberto Herlitzka: Cardinal Bellucci
- Isabella Ferrari: Orietta
- Fanny Ardant: Himself
- Antonello Venditti: Himself