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The Great Beauty

Year: 2013

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Duration: 141 mins

Starring: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist and once promising novelist, lives his easy life among RomeÌ_s decadent high society in a swirl of rooftop parties and late-night soirees. But when he learns of the death of his friendÌ_s wife ̱ a woman he once loved as an 18-year-old ̱ his life is thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes.

Paolo Sorrentino's (Il Divo, The Consequences of Love) deliriously entertaining film plays out like a modern La Dolce Vita. Sorrentino regular Toni Servillo - whose entrance in the film is nothing short of magnificent - plays the lead character, through whose world-weary eyes we witness the decadence of a bankrupt culture consuming itself. The result is a dazzling, sumptuously shot satire of life in Berlusconi's Italy.