Can the soul of the man and of the city be saved? That is the question at the heart of Paolo Sorrentino’s 2013 Academy Award winner for best foreign language feature. We follow Jep on an epic emotional journey as he is forced to acknowledge the spiritual vacuum that has left him feeling ultimately dissatisfied, despite his wealth and fame. What elevates Le grande bellezza beyond the familiar cinematic trope of ‘middle-aged man seeks meaning in life’ is the fundamental connection that director Paolo Sorrentino forges between the man and the city.
A new 3:AM column by John P. Houghton.