Paolo Sorrentino

The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the lavish nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome itself, in all its monumental glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and an award-winning central performance by the great Toni Servillo, this transporting experience by the brilliant Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is a breathtaking Felliniesque tale of decadence and lost love.

Film Info

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 2K digital film transfer, approved by director Paolo Sorrentino, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda
  • New interview with actor Toni Servillo
  • New interview with screenwriter Umberto Contarello
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Phillip Lopate
    New cover by Michael Boland

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 2K digital film transfer, approved by director Paolo Sorrentino, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda
  • New interview with actor Toni Servillo
  • New interview with screenwriter Umberto Contarello
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Phillip Lopate
    New cover by Michael Boland

The Great Beauty
Cast
Toni Servillo
Jep Gambardella
Carlo Verdone
Romano
Sabrina Ferilli
Ramona
Carlo Buccirosso
Lello Cava
Iaia Forte
Trumeau
Pamela Villoresi
Viola
Galatea Ranzi
Stefania
Massimo De Francovich
Egidio
Roberto Herlitzka 

Cardinal Bellucci
Isabella Ferrari
Orietta
Credits
Director
Paolo Sorrentino
Written by
Paolo Sorrentino
Written by
Umberto Contarello
Produced by
Nicola Giuliano
Produced by
Francesca Cima
Coproducers
Fabio Conversi
Coproducers
Jérôme Seydoux
Executive producer
Viola Prestieri
Associate producers
Carlotta Calori
Associate producers
Guendalina Ponti
Associate producers
Romain Le Grand
Associate producers
Vivien Aslanian
Associate producers
Muriel Sauzay
Cinematography
Luca Bigazzi
Editing
Cristiano Travaglioli
Music
Lele Marchitelli
Production design
Stefania Cella
Costumes
Daniela Ciancio

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