Let’s start by saying that in Rome complaining about the weather is second only to complaining about its public transportation: strikes, floodings, delays, cancelled or diverted lines, demonstrations, festivals, protests, the town plan (barely fit for chariots, let alone for cars…) all require a commuter to be patient as a Saint and resourceful as Indiana Jones.
«everything lies underneath the idle talk, the noise, the silence and the feelings, the emotion and the fear… Rare and fickle sparks of beauty. And then the dreariness and the miserable»
After several months The Great Beauty is still debated among movie lovers: is the movie about Rome, about its inhabitants, about Italy’s decadent middle-upper class, or just a tale about a lost man and its nightmares?
Why do you study italian? “because I love Italy!”, “I like art”, “I like italian movies”, “my girlfriend is italian, and I’d like to know what she’s muttering on monday mornings”. But what about studying italian to understand 20 pages-long menus handed out in italian restaurants? Non turistic restaurants seldom have menus translated in english, and you’ll have to make an effort to understand a sweating waiter trying to explain in his poor english a complex dish, its ingredients, its flavour…
With “The Great Beauty”, prized as best foreign movie at the Academy Awards, it seems that the city of Rome has taken back a central role in the international movie industry.
With the once-glorious Cinecittà Studios decayed beyond repair, Rome can at least exist in the Cinema as an elegant movie set. In recent years, many international productions were set in Rome, capitalizing its lights, its streets, its unique, chaotic beauty: Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts and Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love to name the most famous; maybe “The Great Beauty” success itself was also determined by this renewed appeal and interest in the city.