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‘La Grande Bellezza’ (The Great Beauty), Paolo Sorrentino (2013)

This is how it always ends. With death. But first there was life, hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah… It’s all settled beneath the chitter chatter and the noise, silence and sentiment, emotion and fear. The haggard, inconstant flashes of beauty. And then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity. All buried under the cover of the embarrassment of being in the world, blah, blah, blah… Beyond there is what lies beyond. And I don’t deal with what lies beyond. Therefore… let this novel begin. After all… it’s just a trick. Yes, it’s just a trick.

“A questa domanda, da ragazzi, i miei amici davano sempre la stessa risposta: "La fessa”. Io, invece, rispondevo: “L'odore delle case dei vecchi”. La domanda era: “Che cosa ti piace di più veramente nella vita?” Ero destinato alla sensibilità. Ero destinato a diventare uno scrittore. Ero destinato a diventare Jep Gambardella.“

Toni Servillo, La grande bellezza, 2013