Let's see The Great Beauty at the Sun-Ray

According to the Rotten Tomatoes description of this year's Oscar winner of the Best Foreign Language film, The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) journalist Jep Gambardella finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life on his 65th birthday, looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés of his past to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. As usual let's meet by the couches by 2:15 pm. The movie starts at 2:25 pm.

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  • johnny m.

    At one point, Yeats' poem "Sailing to Byzantium" popped up in my memory.

    March 17, 2014

  • johnny m.

    Film reminded me of classic 8 1/2. Toni Servillo made it look effortless. I haven't seen a good art film in a while. Antonioni, Goddard, Visconti, Fellini......ahhhhh.

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • greg

    Sorry we bailed but I didn't want anyone to see me teary-eyed. Hands down best film I have seen in many a moon. Thanks to Chris for keeping this group alive, thanks to Curtis for his recommendation, and thanks to everyone else for having us.

    2 · March 16, 2014

    • Chris

      That's great you found it so moving. I'd like to hear more details about that if you care to share them. I think I was so mesmerized/engrossed by the technique of the film that I wasn't following the narrative too well.

      1 · March 16, 2014

    • greg

      Sure, I just need to let it percolate a little bit so my spiel will be at least semi-coherent :)

      And, indeed, technically the film was nearly flawless.

      March 16, 2014

  • Fred W.

    A very thoughtprovoking film, evoking amusement and sadness within me, the latter largely due to the death of my mother, aged 70, on February 28. I'm not Catholic, but my mother was and for the first time in my life, I was on that front pew at a mass, mourning the loss of someone very close to me, with my two brothers and our stepfather.

    From a review site called Larsen on Film, I found this interesting assessment: "Early in the film, Jep interviews a performance artist whose act climaxes with her running head first into a wall. Unlike Jep at this point, she goes to extremes to feel something. Jep’s eventual awakening to a life beyond his own simple urges is equally jarring. No longer flitting from one party to the next, he now must confront things such as hurt, regret, loss and, yes, even death. The great beauty isn’t just the pleasures of a place like Rome. It’s life in full, sadness and all."

    1 · March 16, 2014

    • Chris

      Very well stated.

      March 16, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Totally bummed. I'm already signed up to volunteer usher at the Symphony then. Wish it were later in the day. Hope to see you at the next one.

    March 14, 2014

    • Chris

      Hope you're able to see this one, Kathleen.

      March 16, 2014

  • johnson b m.

    I am not familiar with foregn films but would like to join a film club for american and british films that meets regularly to see and review films

    March 16, 2014

    • Chris

      Welcome to the Film Connoisseurs, Johnson. Hope you can make it to a future meetup.

      March 16, 2014

  • Chris

    This one left me in a daze; it may require a second viewing to get it sorted out in my head. The cinematography was dazzling. It did make me think of Fellini but it was definitely trying to go in a different direction, though I had trouble following what that direction was. I got the sense the main character may have been trying to come to terms with having peaked artistically at 26 or 28, and what to make of the rest of his life. I would call it poignant and puzzling. Thanks to everybody for the great turnout. I had the sense that the approaching week and its obligations prevented us from being able to stay longer to discuss the movie more thoroughly. Perhaps Saturdays are better for meetups?

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • Sonja R.

    Fun and thought provoking movie.

    2 · March 16, 2014

  • Nonnie L.

    This is a message from Johnson B. McVeigh because he is a computer light weight! His email is [masked]. Please someone contact him via email to communicate about this film group. Chris, I believe, is the main organizer.
    Thank you.

    March 16, 2014

  • Sonja R.

    See you soon. Beautiful day for a Meetup in Riverside.

    March 16, 2014

  • Christynn N.

    Hey Chris, it's Christynn (ha).. I'd love to meet you and everybody this Sunday for The Great Beauty.. I've never been to one of your meet-ups yet and I'm excited to do something new..
    My buddy John, who loves films like I do, says he'd like to come as well..

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Chris

      Guests are always welcome. Looking forward to meeting you and John.

      March 14, 2014

  • Jana

    Sorry to miss seeing this with you all, but I'll be out of town. Enjoy!

    1 · March 14, 2014

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