The beginning of a new year signals the start of the award season in the movie industry with all that comes with it: actors going head to head for the best performance; red carpets and discussions on who is the best dressed and who needs a trip to Milan to update their wardrobe; successful movies at the box-office against critically acclaimed but almost unknown flicks nominated for the best motion picture; and of course, us average movie goers compelled to update our lists of “must watch” movies with all the nominees.
Last night in Los Angeles the Golden Globes took place, the American accolade given by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). You might also know this ceremony as the antipasto of the grandaddy of them all: the night of the Oscars, which will take place March 2, 2014. Whether you meet up with some friends or watch the Academy Award alone with your family – You’ve got to be ready for the Oscars!
And what can make you look like a movie buff more than rattle off facts about the best foreign movie with your unwitting companions?
This year’s big favorite for the group is an Italian Movie (hence we have an entire blog dedicated to these award shows…) titled “The Great Beauty.” Last night the movie took home the Golden Globe in the same category and, as you will see below, in Italy everyone is sure that it will take home the big award in March. Whether you decide to watch it or not, here are some basic things that you should know if you want to show off with family and friends.
- The movie was entirely filmed and takes place in modern-day Rome.
- The plot is about an aging journalist, Jep Gambardella who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties and turned into a socialite of the lavish nightlife of Rome. After throwing a party for his Sixty-fifth birthday Jep has to deal with a shock from the past and finds himself reexamining his life, finally looking past the extravagant nightclubs and parties to find Rome in all its glory.
- Jep’s apartment overlooks the Colosseum. Not a bad view…
- According to critics, the movie evokes the spirit of the great Italian directors Fellini and Rossellini.
- The film opens with a quote from Céline’s Journey to the End of the Night: “To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength.”
- The director Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples, like the main character Jep Gambardella.
- The film won Italy’s Golden Globes; five Silver Ribbons (Nastri d’Argento), Italy’s oldest film prize and the best film honor at the European Film Awards;
- The Great Beauty is the 4th Italian movie in history to win the Golden Globe Award. The last one was Giuseppe Tornatore’s Nuovo Cinema Paradiso in 1990 Even Roberto Benigni‘s three-time Oscar winner Life Is Beautiful (La vita e’ bella) was shut out.
- All the previous Italian movies that won the golden globe also took home the Oscar. Along with Nuovo Cinema Paradiso the others are Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women (La Ciociara – 1962) and Ettore Scola’s A Special Day (Una giornata particolare – 1978).
- Sorrentino’s previous work was released in 2011 with the title This Must Be The Place and it stars Sean Penn as a bored, retired rock star.
Got the itch to see it? Check out the trailer:
Which one is your favorite Italian movie? Let us know leaving a comment below…