The Great Beauty

(La Grande Bellezza)
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Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film!
Italy's recent winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, this lavish and frenetic comedy-drama from filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino can be regarded as a La Dolce Vita for contemporary times. Toni Servillo stars as Jep, an aging writer who long ago relinquished his literary ambitions to indulge in Rome's high life. While he can cynically see through the superficial people of the Eternal City's religious, artistic and social elite, he is aware that he is very much a participant, and in a series of funny and bittersweet episodes he examines his place in this often-grotesque (one could say Fellini-esque) world. Like his great predecessor, Sorrentino brings a circus vision to his satire, this time tailored to the Berlusconi era. With Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli. In Italian with English subtitles. (Italy 2013) 142 min.

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Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Nov 29 2013 - Mar 20 2014
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901
T 415 454 1222 E