Film Review | La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

the great beauty film poster Living the high life can be a beautiful thing, but as writer Jep discovers, it can also be something one grows weary of. The Great Beauty begins at Jep’s 65th birthday and with his realization that he’s ready to enjoy another kind of living. After publishing a popular book in his 20’s, he became one of Rome’s high society kings. He was invited to major parties and gatherings and has friends in high places. As time passes and he sees that his time is limited he aims to explore what he finds truly important and meaningful. He makes new relationships with down to earth people who seem to be more real than what he has become accustomed to and explores what Rome has to offer.

La Grande Bellezza is a film about aging, relationships, and the beauty of Rome and common people. It presents petty hangups of the upper class, failed relationships, lavish parties and shots of beauty in Rome’s art and architecture. This film is visually appealing and boasts an intense soundtrack, which makes it a great choice for the big screen. The movie is quite long (~2:20), but does not drag on at all. I enjoyed watching this movie and would recommend it to others interested in Roman high life. The DVD has been released in Italy and is for sale on Amazon, but has not been released yet in the US. Check Fandango to see if this movie is playing near you. For more information in Italian check the facebook page.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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