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Italian Film: The Great Beauty

  • Jan 18, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Andiamo a vedere un film! 

http://www.dia.org/auxiliaries/event.aspx?id=4217&iid=5093&aux_id=14&cid=100 

THE GREAT BEAUTY      (Italy/2013–directed by Paolo Sorrentino)



Journalist Jep Gambardella (played by the amazing Toni Servillo of Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with an unforseen shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. This thoroughly modern descendant of La Dolce Vita was Italy’s official Foreign Language submission to this year’s Academy Awards. In Italian with English subtitles. (142 min.)



“I can’t remember when a film last gave me such a surge of pure pleasure –no, outright euphoria – as The Great Beauty.”  –Jonathan Romney, Film Comment



“The best film I’ve seen all year. A magnificent achievement.” –Derek Malcolm, The Guardian



“Critics’ Pick! A deliriously alive movie.” –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times



“Funny, moving and altogether daring. Sorrentino’s Rome has a visual splendor that will knock your eyes out. The city has never been photographed so magically.” –John Powers, Vogue

List of all showings:

 Friday, January 17, 2014: 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 18, 2014: 7:00 PM

Sunday, January 19, 2014: 1:00 PM

Monday, January 20, 2014: 4:30 PM

Saturday, January 25, 2014: 9:30 PM -

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  • Lily

    Mi e' piaciuto molto il film per quanto l'ho trovato anche molto triste. Bruno e Luisa parlavano dello stile simile a quello di Fellini ed infatti, La Grande Bellezza mi ricorda La Dolce Vita, con il miscuglio di bellezza e tristezza, con personaggi soli e tristi, Jep e Marcello che entrambi cercavano una grande bellezza o purezza, entrambi film pieni di immagini contrastanti.
    " Finisce sempre così. Con la morte. Prima però c'è stata la vita, nascosta sotto il bla bla bla bla bla.. E' tutto sedimentato sotto il chiacchiericcio e il rumore. Il silenzio e il sentimento. L'emozione e la paura. Gli sparuti incostanti sprazzi di bellezza, e poi lo squallore disgraziato e l'uomo miserabile. Tutto sepolto dalla coperta dell'imbarazzo dello stare al mondo. Bla bla bla bla.. Altrove c'è l'altrove. Io non mi occupo dell'altrove. Dunque, che questo romanzo abbia inizio. In fondo, è solo un trucco. "
    "Sull'orlo della disperazione, non ci resta che farci compagnia, prenderci un po' in giro!"

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • Bruno M.

    the great beauty italian Very reminiscent of Fellini. I liked the odd characters like the dwarf [her face again like a Fellini character. At first I couldn't understand why Jep so greatly insulted that woman in front of all those people... but then I started to suspect:" he's trying to uncover there façades and show reality?? e.g the religious man who can use a swing and discuss cooking but not be able to address spiritual issues..
    Again, things are not what they seem on the surface e.g. the man who needed ":keepers [?he was insane?]... but he gave no hint of that earlier, in fact, to me he seemed to be someone I would have liked to know.
    Did any of you get a similar meaning??
    I'd love to know what the movie "said" to others.

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • Luisa

    Bel film, ottima recitazione, stupendi scorci Romani (ma Roma e' una delle mie citta' preferite in assoluto, quindi magari sono un po' parziale :) )
    Comunque, e' sempre un piacere rivedere I simpatici membri del gruppo e fare quattro chiacchiere in allegria. Alla prossima volta, cari amici!

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Kathy P.

    Molto divertente. Bello scenario di Roma. Andare al cafe prima per chiaccherare era bello!

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • Bruno M.

    Kathy, Thanks...I somehow had missed your:"As mentioned in the earlier posts, there was a problem with our dial in number and they gave us a new one: (619)[masked]" bruno

    January 16, 2014

  • Bruno M.

    This "instantContact # is very different than a previously-mentioned one. Maybe that previous one was incorrect, ...but maybe this latest one is incorrect.
    It would eliminate errors if you could indicate which is the correct one...otherwise, ther is high probability that different people will dial different numbers.
    bruno[olentone

    January 15, 2014

    • Kathy P.

      Hi Bruno, As mentioned in the earlier posts, there was a problem with our dial in number and they gave us a new one: (619)[masked]

      January 15, 2014

    • Bruno M.

      Kathy, Thanks...I somehow had missed your:"As mentioned in the earlier posts, there was a problem with our dial in number and they gave us a new one: (619)[masked]" bruno

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • Kathy P.

    The film received a Golden Globe for best foreign film last week, and this morning it was nominated for an Oscar! Should be a great film! It's a good idea to buy your ticket in advance (pick up at will call) since it's likely to be a sell out. For those meeting for a drink/snack before the film, we will be in the cafe around 5:15 pm second floor of the theater.

    January 16, 2014

    • Nick K.

      I haven't got my tickets yet, and I'm not sure whether I will get them in advance or just take my chances. Either way, I'm pretty sure I won't get to the cafe much before 6. If I never get there, it will be because I waited too long to buy a ticket.

      January 16, 2014

  • Bruno M.

    In order not to have extra tickets I want you to know that I ordered mine at the ticket office via phone.
    I had not noticed that a ticket would be bought on my behalf, but maybe I skimmed a notification too fast. bruno polentone

    January 15, 2014

    • Kathy P.

      Everyone is buying their own tickets.

      January 15, 2014

  • Luisa

    I am confused: do we need to buy tickets in advance, or can we purchase them at the theatre on the day of the event?

    January 15, 2014

    • Kathy P.

      You can do either. Online in advance has an extra $1.50 convenience fee, but it will guarantee a seat. It's general seating.

      January 15, 2014

  • Bruno M.

    Excellent idea.
    I'm not sure about the wine and salad BUT
    I'll come to the film [with anticipation]
    bruno
    P.S. I'm in the process of setting up a catered grpup dinner of polenta & sausage baked in alternating layers with carmelized onions on the side and BYOB in an Italian restaurant exclusively for us [closed to outsiders.
    bruno[polentone]

    2 · January 13, 2014

    • Bruno M.

      Lily,

      January 14, 2014

    • Bruno M.

      Lily, I had :1]intended to work out the details of a proposed authentic Italian polenta meal.2]transmit them to to you and get a "go or no-go" agreement[and just forget about the whole idea if you did not agree.I would like to finalize the the whole agreement that I am working on with the propreiter[Italian-born]­ and them you would the idea in its entirety before you deciding if you desire a go or not.For me: I would like to frequently go and have the excellent meals which I anticipate bruno [polentone]

      1 · January 14, 2014

  • Luisa

    The Great Beauty won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film!!!

    2 · January 13, 2014

    • Kathy P.

      That's great! Can't wait to see the film on Saturday!

      January 13, 2014

    • Lily

      Che bello! Non vedo l'ora di andare a vedere questo bel film!

      January 13, 2014

  • Kathy P.

    To help some of the newer members (or anyone else) to find us, you may dial "Instantconference" phone number[masked] upon arrival and enter our PIN 3906. I will enter the line at 6:15 and leave it on until the film begins. Last time, we sat in the theater on the right hand side. Depending on the crowd, maybe we can do that again. A presto amici!

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Kathy P.

      (619)[masked]

      January 7, 2014

    • John B.

      Grazie Katerina. A presto

      January 8, 2014

  • Nick K.

    Anch'io. Andiamo il sabato, no? A che ora ci incontreremo?

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • Kathy P.

      Si Nick, Andiamo il 18. Ho messo le altre date per informare il gruppo se forse non possano andare il 18.

      January 7, 2014

  • Pamela P.

    Si, Katerina, vorrei incontrarti prima il film...if this sentence isn't correct (I would like to meet before the film), will someone correct it for me? Grazie.

    2 · January 6, 2014

    • Lily

      Brava Pamela, ci sei quasi: "vorrei incontrarti prima del (non il) film."

      January 6, 2014

    • Pamela P.

      Grazie, Lily. Sei molto simpatica.

      January 7, 2014

  • Kathy P.

    I think I'd like to arrive early and have a salad and glass of wine at the café on the second floor. Anyone want to join me?

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • Lily

      I'm a tentative "yes" for dinner, firm "yes" for the movie, and I hope to bring Luisa with me too.

      1 · January 6, 2014

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