STAMFORD, Conn. -- Currently playing at Stamford’s Avon Theater, is the Italian-language film, The Great Beauty.
This exquisitely-shot and lavishly-rendered film opens up with a quote from Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s book Journey to the End of the Night: “To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength.”
This sets the tone for the rest of the film as Jep Gambardella (Servillo) an aging socialite and writer, aimlessly wanders the streets of Rome, looking for…well, something.
Over the years, Jep has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome, becoming something of permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles since his early success. However, when he receives notification of the passing of his first, profound love, he finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on both himself and his contemporaries, as well as looking over the past the extravagance of his lifestyle. Now he is simply haunting nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
In Italian with English subtitles, the film is something of a epic journey of a man who has finally been forced to come to grips with his own mortality.
The Avon Theater is located at 272 Bedford St. in Stamford.
The Great Beauty is unrated, runs 2 hours and 24 minutes, and plays through Friday, Feb. 13. It stars Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, and is directed by: Paolo Sorrentino.
Norwalk resident Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews through his website.