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The Great Beauty review

Paolo Sorrentino's latest echoes Fellini

Echoing Fellini without suffering by comparison, Paolo Sorrentino follows his US-set This Must Be The Place by returning to Rome for a symphony of high-life ennui.

Sorrentino regular Toni Servillo gets its slick and soulful measure as Jep, a likeable ageing libertine and lapsed novelist whose response to an ex-lover’s death is to glide from profane parties to sacred spots in a state of freefall.

Aided by master DoP Luca Bigazzi, Sorrentino’s camera swoons with him, conjuring spectacles without swamping human feeling.

Splashes of overstatement aside, the ambition intoxicates.

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