Italian auteur seems to exist for one reason alone: To make movies that end up at Cannes. His latest offering is sure to be no different: La grande bellezza, or The Great Beauty is lush, gorgeous, self-contained in the austerity of the trailer. It could not be more different from Sorrentino's bizarre 2011 offering This Must Be the Place, in which played a Goth rocker turned Nazi hunter.
Speaking of that trailer, here it is:
Sorrentino has teamed up with two of his usual collaborators: -- who was excellent as the lead in Sorrentino's Il Divo-- plays an aging journalist who recalls his lost youth in the Italian capital. Sorrentino's regular cinematographer, , is once again behind the camera, and his work here is gorgeous.
Details are fairly scarce about the movie, but we should expect to find out in a few weeks as to whether or not The Great Beauty is officially chosen for a Cannes selection.
Until then, I'll be figuring out how soon I can get to Rome.