Join the Washington DC Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Jan 5th at 5:00 for The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) at the Landmark E Street Cinema . Look for Laine wearing a green coat in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
Gorgeously photographed in Rome and Tuscany, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) is a dazzling, lyrical and at times surreal dramatic comedy, like a modern day La Dolce Vita. The magnetic Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah) plays dapper journalist Jep Gambardella, slick and soulful, who has been a permanent fixture in Romes literary and social circles since the legendary success of his one and only novel. Armed with a roguish charm, he has seduced his way through the citys lavish night life for decades, but when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life. Turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties and cafes, Jep discovers Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Directed and co-written by Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, Il Divo). (In Italian, Fully subtitled)