2014 Oscar Foreign Language Films: La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

La grande bellezza2013 Golden Globes Italy – Winner Best Cinematography.
2013 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – Winners, Special Silver Ribbon, Silver Ribbon Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound, Best Cinematography.

Can you see the sea on the ceiling?
The movie opens with swooning camera movements, a Japanese tourist drops (probably) dead, and then jump cuts to a crazy night party where all the beautiful, the not so beautiful, and the grotesque people of Rome dancing in ecstasy, until some of them are dead drunk. In the center of this circus is the birthday boy Jep Gambardella, an old dandy man claimed to be a writer.
What kind of writer? What does he write? The movie is a very long visual journey with torrent of mouthful monologues and dialogues. To answer the questions, to know who is who in the party, who exactly is Jep–what exactly is Rome, you have to open your eyes, and open your ears. Reheated rice is always tastier than fresh-cooked rice? The best people in Rome are the tourists? Is that true, Jep? Is that really true?

My Rating: 8/10


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