March 2, 2014 “The great beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino (its Premium Cinema 3 Friday 27 August at 6:55 pm) triumphs at the 86th edition of the night of the Oscars in Los Angeles, winning the statuette for best foreign film. The protagonist of the film is Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist and writer who lives in the cultural vacuum of contemporary Rome. Between worldly parties dominated by alcohol, bourgeois salons and conversations of deafening banality, Jep always frequents the same hypocritical and superficial friends, among which the cynical Lello (Carlo Buccirosso), the shy Romano (Carlo Verdone) and the radical chic stand out. Stefania (Galatea Ranzi). Tired of the monotony of his existence, he seems to find interest in life thanks to his relationship with Ramona (Sabrina Ferilli), but after the death of the woman, already seriously ill, he sinks into anguish. The turning point comes thanks to the meeting with a Catholic missionary called “the Saint” who invites Jep to seek beauty in the roots: the journalist understands that the time has come to find inspiration and write a new novel. Baroque, rich in nuances and flashes of romanticism, «The great beauty» is a film steeped in melancholy that floats with disenchantment in the mediocrity of our time clearly contrasted with the eternal and disarming beauty of the capital. There is no shortage of smudges and redundancies, a certain complacent decadence and some verbosity too much, but the film of great visual impact, based on the sharp irony of the protagonist, is full of brilliant intuitions and directorial virtuosity. Collecting the precious statuette, Paolo Sorrentino declared: «I thank my sources of inspiration: Federico Fellini, Talking Heads, Martin Scorsese and Diego Armando Maradona». The film, which at its Cannes debut was met with skepticism and conflicting criticism, is celebrated all over the world after the Oscar. At the box office it gets a good result: costing 9.2 million dollars, it collects 24.2 million. 6 years after the Oscar, here are 10 things you may not know.
27 August 2021 | 10:05