“Never have cynicism and disillusion seemed more intoxicating than in The Great Beauty, which is such an overwhelming visual and auditory experience that its elements of cautionary moral fable threaten to get lost amid the gorgeousness. Not that I’m complaining. Although he remains almost unknown in the States, Sorrentino is one of Europe’s most important filmmakers, and consistently seeks to push the traditions of classic art cinema toward a framing, a pace and a sensibility that can capture 21st-century viewers. Drawing at once on music video, reality TV, art history, Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past and Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, The Great Beauty is an ironic and passionate near-masterwork, like a nine-course dessert that makes you entirely forget the meal.” Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.
Nominated Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2013