The Great Beauty, given a one-time event April 23 show at Jackson Square, is a cinematographic masterpiece.
By Jonathan Lambert
Published April 28, 2014
The Art Gallery of Hamilton is more than an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures at 123 King Street West. The cinema presented in its film series is absolutely dazzling. The latest example? The Great Beauty, given a one-time event April 23 show at Jackson Square, is a cinematographic masterpiece.
The Great Beauty
Known in Italian as La Grande Bellezza and set entirely in contemporary Rome, the film begins with a fabulously wild party, the 65th birthday celebration for Jep Gambardella, played by Italy's Toni Servillo. Having written a widely successful novel in his twenties, Gambardella retired into a life of social leisure and elite soirees.
Following his 65th birthday, however, a series of encounters and surprises causes him to reflect with greater focus on life, love, and happiness.
The Great Beauty is highly enthralling, in particular when seen on the big screen. Its magnificent cinematography is beyond description, Servillo's performance as the protagonist is spectacular, and the soundtrack that includes the work of David Lang and Arvo Pärt is magic. Il film è meraviglioso. Bravissimi tutti!
The next film presented in the AGH Film Series is Short Term 12, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The show starts at 7pm on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Landmark Cinemas 6 Jackson Square.
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