It isn't hard to notice Fellini's film in the background of Sorrentino's. The film's framework references La Dolce Vita, with an elevated beginning that is at once sacred and profane, and at the end the sea, the unattainable. Between them is Rome, from Trastevere to the Colosseum. The Great Beauty is playful, funny, acerbic, ironic and infinitely painful. It's not easy to identify the problem with our hero, Jep Gambardella, given that his Rome life was 'dolce vita' itself, pure entertainment and success. His only book - written 40 years ago - made him a writer, and since then everyone has been eagerly awaiting his next work. What more could you need? It seems the questions raised by Fellini in 1960 are still valid. Living life to the full can at the same time feel merely colourless. A kind of nausea? Or simply a desire for the unattainable, which, perhaps, our hero never actually wanted to attain? Half a century is a long time... After viewing The Great Beauty, might it be worth rewatching Fellini's La Dolce Vita?
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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