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Filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino Explores the Beautiful and Grotesque in Rome in ‘The Great Beauty’

Filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino talks to Filmmaker Magazine about the bigger meaning behind his film The Great Beauty, which premiered at Cannes this year.

Toni Servillo in

The Great Beauty

. Photo by Gianni Fiorito.

He says, “I think the film tries to express the present time. That was my ideal of course, and then this is done by reinventing reality and fictionalizing it. But, of course, as often happens through fantasy and invention, you can find truth in a way. Italy has often been a country with millions of opportunities that have been missed along the way. And that’s why [main character] Jep is missing out on his opportunities. He’s wasting his talents and missing out on his life in doing so.”

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