La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty, 2013)

NEW RELEASE FILM REVIEW || Director Paolo Sorrentino | Writers Paolo Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello | Cinematographer Luca Bigazzi | Starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli | Length 142 minutes | Seen at Cineworld Fulham Road, London, Sunday 22 September 2013 || My Rating 3 stars good

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A film has to be very sure of itself to carry off such a long running time. Having now seen it, I’m unclear exactly how it managed it — the narrative is discursive, flitting about fairly freely — but it has, becoming in the process a rather heady and passionate film about Rome and its social whirl. Now I’m at home, sipping on some red wine because it feels like the Roman thing to do, wishing I was a smoker like the film’s protagonist, and wondering how much an apartment overlooking the Colosseum costs.

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