La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time.
It immediately evokes La Dolce Vita, but with significant departures. It’s been written about for its style, but it matches its stunning visuals and breathtaking cinematography with a brilliant script and excellent acting and execution. Paolo Sorrentino visually and audibly choreographs the fête— hyper-stylized and glamorized —and then pulls you into the void of the hangover.
It’s a film following the life of a writer and the memories provoked by his 65th birthday party. It tackles a lot, and does so intelligently: lust, love, voyeurism vs. exhibitionism (ascetic vs flaneur?), the power of emotional honesty /candidness, community and its limits, aging, death, memory.
Watch it (and message me if you see it- I would love to hear from you)