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Film Review - The Great Beauty

GREAT BEAUTY 3

Huffing Fellini fumes until he’s blue in the face, co-screenwriter/director Paolo Sorrentino attempts to revive a shimmering Italian atmosphere of pure cinema for “The Great Beauty.” He’s largely successful, constructing a valentine to one of the great filmmakers, but also finding his own themes and obsessions to follow. It’s a gorgeous picture with a few baffling events, though it rewards a lengthy sit (140 minutes) with an impressive tour of Roman architecture, an exhaustive exploration of deep-seated fears and desires, and an unexpectedly potent view of mortality, with Sorrentino generating a full-blooded mood of life in motion facing a lead character who’s uncomfortable with the forward momentum. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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