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Paolo Sorrentino Talks Oscar-Winner 'The Great Beauty' and What's Next (TRAILER)

I first discovered the cinema of Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino in 2008 when I saw "Il Divo" at Cannes, which also stars the incandescent Toni Servillo. Even though the biopic did a deep dive into the arcane Machiavellian politics of Italy, the movie was utterly accessible because Servillo carried you through as former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 4, 2014 1:06 AM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Wind Rises' and 'Elaine Stritch' Pull Crowds, 'In Secret' Sags

The range of new art films this weeks shows the diversity of the specialized world, with an acclaimed animated feature, another show business documentary, two subtitled films and a higher-budget period drama all debuting to quite variable results. "The Wind Rises" and "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" are the standouts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 23, 2014 4:08 PM
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Stream This: Belgian Oscar Nominee 'Broken Circle Breakdown'

If I were picking a foreign Oscar winner this year on the basis of what the entire Academy would like best, it would be Belgian entry "Broken Circle Breakdown," a sexy and tragic musical family drama adapted from a stage musical, featuring bluegrass music. Until now, it has not played in many theaters and has not been widely viewed by the Academy at large--who just got their five foreign screeners yesterday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2014 12:32 PM
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Review: Oscar-Nominated 'The Great Beauty' Wonderfully Serves Up the Sublime and Grotesque in Equal Measure

Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” nominated for a Best Foreign-Language Oscar, is unimaginable without Federico Fellini. And just as unimaginable without Silvio Berlusconi. Fellini knew life was a circus, hence the clowns and midgets. What is seen by Sorrentino’s hero, Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), as he compares the ancient glories of Rome with its contempo trashiness, is a city inhabited by clowns who’ve been trained by a midget.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 21, 2014 12:53 PM
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European Film Academy Announces Ennio Morricone, 'Fill the Void,' 'The Great Beauty' and More in First Round of Award Winners

The European Film Academy has announced the first winners to be honored at this year’s 26th European Film Awards. A special seven-member jury convened in Berlin and decided on the winners in the categories of cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, composer and sound design. Full list, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 28, 2013 11:35 AM
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Janus Films Nabs Paolo Sorrentino's Palme d'Or Nominee 'The Great Beauty' (TRAILER)

Janus Films has picked up all U.S. rights to Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" ("La Grande Bellezza"), nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2013. The film screens at TIFF in September. Check out the Italian trailer and synopsis below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 29, 2013 12:31 PM
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