We’re all on the brink of despair, all we can do is look each other in the face, keep each other company, joke a little… Don’t you agree?
The Great Beauty- the 2014 Oscar winner for best foreign film, by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino.
A “ruler” of the social class in Rome, Jep (interesting name for an Italian) offers a critical look at high-class society. Beautiful cinematography adds an entirely visual element, highlighted with somewhat comical and elaborate party scenes, always with excellent Martini and Rossi product placement. One reviewer uses the term “listless luxury” to describe the state of Jep and his companions, who identify “being rich” as a job.
I correlate the outlandish party scenes with a bizarre Italian film we watched as part of my “Mafia Movies” course senior year- “To Die for Tano”, a musical comedy about the mafia in Sicily, directed by a very experimental director.
The film ends with Jep repeating a line a magician told him about a disappearing giraffe act- “e tutto un trucco.” It’s all a trick?