La grande bellezza – Blah Blah Blah!   Leave a comment

La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty)
Director – Paolo Sorrentino
Starring  – Toni Servillo , Carlo Verdone , Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso
Running time – 142 minutes
Country – Italy

Chronological events:

Opening quote:
To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength.
–         Made me to anticipate that the movie was something that would be in conjunction with travel, finding the meaning, beauty all that blah, but it just wallows around Rome describing its pretentious-pseudo-artsy-affluence.

Protagonist’s Intro:
To this question, as kids, my friends always gave the same answer: “Pussy”. Whereas I answered “The smell of old people’s houses”. The question was “What do you really like the most in life?” I was destined for sensibility. I was destined to become a writer. I was destined to become Jep Gambardella.
–          ­sounded like Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) was an intellectual, romantic, serious kinda guy but infact he turns out to be a socialite- king of the high life who, inspite being a misogynist, misanthrope, throws parties , attends confusing art events and sleeps with several women!!

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Growing Awareness:
The most important thing l discovered a few days after turning 65 is that l can’t waste any more time doing things l don’t want to do.
–          Jep Gambardella who once wrote a cult novel in his twenties, suddenly becomes aware that he is wasting his time with nude women!?!?

Oh the penultimate realization!
This is how it always ends. With death. But first there was life, hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah… It’s all settled beneath the chitter chatter and the noise, silence and sentiment, emotion and fear. The haggard, inconstant flashes of beauty. And then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity. All buried under the cover of the embarrassment of being in the world, blah, blah, blah… Beyond there is what lies beyond. And I don’t deal with what lies beyond. Therefore… let this novel begin. After all… it’s just a trick. Yes, it’s just a trick.
–          Probably the sanest portion of all, that which approximately reflected what is put on view.

Footnote:
Toni Servillo with his impeccable elegance is phenomenal; just loved his oh-iam-so-bored attitude which is filled with ego crushing panache, esp when he takes a dig at Stefania.

Relating La grande bellezza on par with Fellini’s 8 ½ is just too gross! Fellini’s ideologies, philosophy were more subterranean, meaningful. Whereas, Sorrentino’s are bland, puffed-up with opulent exaggeration. The movie is nothing but a portrayal of self-indulgent masturbation which is extremely slow to arrive to its intended orgasm.

References:
IMDB – The Great Beauty (2013) – Quotes
The Great Beauty –  Wikipedia

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