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The Real Great Beauty, by Paolo Sorrentino

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A few months ago, there has been to Movie Awards Cerimony, you all know that, the sort of pre-made in Holloywood staged thing where the MPAA celebrates itself therefore fuelling its own market and revenue.

Only, this time, it was different. Apart from the usual stuff, an italian movie brought something home, and after 15 years (1999 Roberto Benigni achieved the same with “La vita à bella”) that’s pretty awesome.

“The great beauty, a movie by Paolo Sorrentino” won the award for the Best foreign film category. A mere token of appreciation, sure, from the american movie industry, but still, only a token, anyway, let’s celebrate!

I’ve seen the movie last summer and I was blown away. At first I felt awkward, the first 45 minutes are hard to digest, made me totally digusted, and that’s a feat already. Thanks God I resisted the urge to leave the theater, If I were on my sofa I would have probably switched to something I felt more comfortable with, but I  was lucky and persevered through the end.

DISCLAIMER: I’m no movie critic, and barely a critic of anything, I just tend to speak my mind out loudly, I feel sorry for you readers, but there you go ;)

Please step out of your comfort zone and watch this movie IMMEDIATLY, I will wait. There are many other people out there who are convinced this is a masterpiece, feel free to check’em out.

Just let me spend my 2 euro cents about this picture, I’ll promise I’ll be brief and I’ll only talk of what you came here to read about…

The GREAT Photography

Was this movie really worth the Award ? Is there anything we, puny italians, occasionally do better than americans or the rest of the world?

We can tell a story, or, better said, we can TELL OUR STORY, better than anybody else. And we really shine when it comes to telling the story of one of our greatest cities (and empires) of all time: ROME …the Eternal City.

The Great Beauty has a point of view that few could hope to match, sure Woody Allen tried it with “To Rome with Love”, and failed. His Rome is a trivial city, not very likely and a bit naive, some sort of collection of commonplace notions about Italy, the usual soup.

What Sorrentino is telling us about Rome, on the other hand, is something real. We’ve seen it all before, on Dagospia, in the Cafonal section…, sadly the picture isn’t that far from reality.

You’ll feel disgusted, too, and you now might understand what I was talking about. But that’s not my point.

Photography and Scenography in this movie are some of the most sublime things I’ve ever experienced on a movie screen in this country.

The Rome we see is a decadent affair, vulgar and delicate at the same time, sweet and wonderful  like only the eyes of a lover (of beauty) could see it. The eyes of Paolo Sorrentino.

The shots we receive from this “Rome that will never die” are totally wonderful, so here’s some sample for your eyes:

SET DEL FILM "LA GRANDE BELLEZZA" DI PAOLO SORRENTINO. NELLA FOTO TONI SERVILLO. FOTO DI GIANNI FIORITO

SET DEL FILM "LA GRANDE BELLEZZA" DI PAOLO SORRENTINO. NELLA FOTO TONI SERVILLO. FOTO DI GIANNI FIORITO

romeSET DEL FILM "LA GRANDE BELLEZZA" DI PAOLO SORRENTINO. NELLA FOTO TONI SERVILLO E GALATEA RANZI. FOTO DI GIANNI FIORITOSET DEL FILM "LA GRANDE BELLEZZA" DI PAOLO SORRENTINO. NELLA FOTO ROBERTO HERLTZKA E GIUSI MERLI. FOTO DI GIANNI FIORITOSET DEL FILM "LA GRANDE BELLEZZA" DI PAOLO SORRENTINO.FOTO DI GIANNI FIORITO

But there’s even more, these aren’t some pre-cooked stills for press offices, this is the look of the whole movie, pretty impressive, believe me.

These images ambush the eyes or caress our senses with deliberately slow pans that often feel exasperated, with no trace of hurry, the way Sorrentino meant for us to enjoy the views, and his own sense of beauty.

The scenery has been planned carefully, and more than being a stage to the story it feels like it’s there for the true joy of our eyes.

I’m not telling you the story is bad or anything… you might like it or not, but if you look further there’s PLENTY to enjoy just by watching these pictures move and stamp themselves on our retinas.

Now that we brought home this Academy Award I feel like watching the whole thing again, to experience the beauty one more time. Movies like this one are so rare, if you LOVE photography just like I do you cannot avoid such beauty, this is the masterpiece of a Beauty lover, before anything else, and this may be a common point of view for us all.

As usual, I’ll be waiting for your thoughts in the comments area, below. You know I always love and look forward to chatting with other crazy people so please take the chance.

Aloha!

Simmessa.

 

 

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