Rome: City of Signs
The Great Beauty
dir. Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, 2013, 35mm, Italian w/ English subtitles, 142 min.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME TO 6:00PM
The film will be introduced by Professor Tim Corrigan of the University of Pennsylvania .
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.
Thanks to: Penn Cinema Studies & Italian Studies at Penn