Frontal nudity (of both a male and female) for a few seconds. The female frontal has a close-up view of the groin area such that the labia majora are clearly seen. In the male frontal, the penis and scrotum are visible but lack detail.
Female nudity frequently seen; limited male nudity seen. Female nudity during lavish parties, in strip club, intimate encounters presumably post sex, art performance pieces, street walkers, and skinnydipping. Female includes full frontal and rear nudity; male nudity includes one brief full frontal and more frequently simply bare chest.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Before explanation, we need to understand. Before understanding, we need to understand, and understanding is afraid of misunderstanding from the beginning.

The Chinese name of the film “beautiful city” is not accurate. “La Grande bellezz”, “the great beauty”, literal translation “absolutely beautiful”, there is no location of “city”. The story of the film takes place in Rome. Rome is really beautiful, but the film is not about the beauty of Rome.

The film is about beauty itself.

When I watched the first time, the whole film was a messy combination of the life fragments of the protagonist JEP gambardella. Only the reproduction of the theme music seemed to draw a dark line and connect the parts. The story spread to almost a chicken feather, and its meaning was obscure. Although the picture is beautiful and the music is sentimental, the link of the meaning line is almost invisible, so even if you can touch the temperature of some meaning, the whole film looks more like a very long MTV, swinging in the mood and atmosphere.

Fortunately, the meaning was strong enough for me to read it again. This time, because each branch of the story has a general understanding, it is very easy to reorganize the fragments themselves. It is found that in the narrative, director Sorrentino has not been confused, or even played too much with the structure. Except for a short period of JEP’s memory, most of the timeline of the film is completely one-way. When the panorama is gradually clear and the dark lines are gradually clear, in fact, the film is like a waltz. Each part revolves around the core “La Grande bellezz” with different radii and different speeds.

At the beginning of the film, the mirror head is a replica of “eight and a half”, shuttling between various quiet clips, but it ends with the sudden death of a stocky Japanese tourist shooting beautiful scenery. His death was very simple, strangely in a beautiful scene that seemed to be out of time, but the women’s Choir not far away was not affected at all and continued their singing like a hymn.

This overture has nothing to do with the whole film and the rest of the plot, but it is loaded into the whole film’s attention. From near to far, the women’s Choir, the dead tourists and Rome in the distance are placed on a central axis. Between holiness and beauty, people die. This scene is like a problem. At the end of the film, Saint Sister Maria kneels up the steps of St. John’s Cathedral and answers this question through JEP’s mouth. One front and one back, the confrontation is very neat.

Human beings have never had a perfect answer to the essence of beauty, which is a question that will never be solved. The question raised in a more practical manner is, “where can beauty be found”? When you can answer the latter question, even if you still can’t answer the previous question, you may be able to get some understanding more or less. This is the task of our hero JEP gambardella.

At the beginning of the film, JEP’s life state is outlined: an old playboy who has just reached the age of 65. When he was young, his goal in life was to become the king of Roman upper class society. He has already achieved this goal, and the next day is to spend time in endless enjoyment. He lives in a high-end apartment next to the monastery. He sleeps almost all day, and the party at night is where he lives. Forty years ago, he wrote an award-winning novella, but no works have been published since. His official job is to be a reporter of a literary journal facing the upper class society, interviewing inexplicable people and writing unimportant things to provide fun for its readers. A few days after the 65 year old party, JEP suddenly realized that this life was not what he really wanted. He decided not to waste time doing what he didn’t want to do. Then the whole film is to see the people around him and what happened to them from his perspective.

If we want to give JEP a definition, he is a pure viewer of life, trying to find beauty in every fragment. He does not promote or participate in anything, but only makes a continuous transition in one emotion after another. The only thing that tied his life and made his life not completely fall apart was the sea when he looked at the ceiling. Forty years ago, on that sea, JEP met ELISA, the love of his life. ELISA is JEP’s “beauty”. From the moment he met ELISA, JEP’s life actually stood still. All the next search is actually a memory of that moment. It took JEP 40 years to miss him like a silk thread, but just when he decided to change his life state, ELISA died and the thread holding the soul was broken.

“Where can beauty be found” is a question from people, which points to the future, but “who is the beauty seeker” is a more basic question from God, which asks about the present. For a wandering soul who has lost its fetters, if he cannot answer the present, he will have no sustenance in the future. The missing little girl under the church asked JEP, “who are you?” JEP was about to answer. The little girl said, “you are not anyone”. JEP seems to be trying to explain, but the film doesn’t let his voice appear at this time. The little girl was the spokesman of God at this moment. She asked JEP questions through her mouth God, and JEP’s explanation was silent. He was really no one.

JEP’s meaning to the whole story just begins with his “emptiness”, he is nothing. He is not so much like a glass that gets a true reflection through everything around him as a pipe with two ends. The material is as sensitive and delicate as he said. When everything around him passes by, it gives a different echo.

The reverberation began to sound interesting. JEP easily exposed the gypsy artist who played tricks, which made editor dadina laugh; He ridiculed Stefania, an old friend for many years, and spared no mercy. He cleaned her hypocritical self beautification while talking and laughing; He made endless banter on Romano, his foil, and kept making fun of his theatrical enthusiasm; Even for orietta he just met, he was like teasing a child. After having sex, he asked her to turn over her own nude photos. From a certain point of view, JEP is a complete old don Juan. The only function of his literary temperament is to remain cynical and relaxed after his insightful life. What JEP can find, or encounter, has always been one negation of the meaning of existence.

But this was not all the sound he made. After Ding Dong, there was a heavy echo. The crazy JEP at the party was able to do well, but after the white people and animals in the East dispersed, it looked like a mess of the city; He would stop at the monastery downstairs and lose sight of the little girls’ play and the nuns’ busyness. JEP’s mockery of stefina is a small climax of the whole film, not because he pierced stefina’s hypocritical body, but because he easily pulled everyone’s broken life to the same level. Under everyone’s infinite brilliance and different gestures, it is a completely homogeneous meaningless. JEP and stefina are in exactly the same situation. Every sword he stabbed at stefina finally needs to be solved by himself, and he has no answer. Otherwise, he won’t get up early, but can only sit in a daze. When he wandered in Rome late at night, he saw all kinds of despair in his eyes, and he still hesitated.

Until he met Ramona.

What’s interesting is that Ramona’s fate is actually connected with another character Andrea. At first glance, this seems incomprehensible. A 42 year old stripper and a rich child with a strange spirit have almost nothing in common. As far as the play is concerned, if not the heroine, Ramona is also the first supporting actress of the whole film, while Andrea has few scenes. But as long as we carefully analyze them, we will find that they are two sides of the same coin, with general accuracy. Understanding their relationship is the key to understanding the connecting link between the preceding and the following of the whole film.

Andrea has no father and lives with his mother viola. Through her mother Viola, we know that Andrea is considered to have mental problems. He painted his naked body red and said that he was “ashamed” because he saw his mother. Ramona has no mother. When she is middle-aged, she still dances strip in the club of her evil father Egidio. When she comes out, the silhouette of her naked dance shows her perfect figure.

Andrea is the symbol of human spirit. She has long beard, messy hair and weak, but she has a pair of shining eyes, a standard image of the victim. On the surface, he seems to be a madman who nervously resists and cares for his mother. In fact, as a symbol, he represents the absolute spirit and loudly raises the question of survival purpose to meaningless survival. On the contrary, Ramona is the symbol of human body. The 42 year old stripper’s extremely sexy body is wrapped with a little girl’s innocence and stubbornness. On the contrary to Andrea, her survival does not seem to have any purpose. With a terminal illness, she uses all the money she earns to treat herself. In fact, it is day by day.

Andrea and Ramona only met two sides, one in a fancy restaurant and the other at Andrea’s funeral.

In the restaurant, where life is maintained, Andrea quotes Proust and Turgenev’s sentences about “death” and cross examines JEP. JEP literally understood that he wanted to push it away with the consistent joke “don’t take the writer’s words too seriously. The world is very complex and no one knows”, but Andrea asked, “you don’t know doesn’t mean others don’t know”, so JEP had nothing to say.

Andrea’s question JEP can’t answer, nor can any nihilist answer. The problem of death is the most fundamental problem. The clear insight into the fragmentation of life itself can not provide the meaningless conclusion of this broken life, nor can it dispel the fear of absolute nothingness after death. Building the connection between the two requires the participation of a nihilistic attitude, which is also a kind of persuasion in essence. Once there is a faith-based firmness, even if it is only a firm recognition of the contingency of survival and the necessity of death, then this persuasion can not be achieved, and the nihilistic attitude is completely powerless. That’s why Ramona was upset when she heard Andrea’s question, because she knew she was terminally ill, and death was the most urgent problem for her at this moment. However, JEP couldn’t answer this, and he couldn’t help her. The only thing JEP can do is to lead Ramona to the highest possible level of physical senses. Please help her and take her to see the beauty of Rome. While they lingered in the beautiful garden, Andrea was stepping up the accelerator, closing her eyes and choosing to commit suicide.

For the spirit, survival is completely meaningless and unbearable; For the body, survival can witness beauty, but it has to let go. As a ceremony of death, the funeral has become the same place for the two. Here Andrea and Ramona meet again.

JEP spent a lot of time telling Ramona about his funeral performance. His theory is that a funeral is just a performance for the living, so as participants, they should use effective skills to maximize the effect of the performance. A very important point is not to cry and steal the limelight from the relatives of the dead. At Andrea’s funeral, he almost perfectly practiced his theory, but cried when he carried the coffin out.

When condoning Viola, JEP’s theory is effective, because when facing the living, death can be laughed at, as long as you choose to. However, when the coffin came out, the burden of death really fell on his shoulder, which forcibly dragged him into another context. This is the second conversation between Andrea and him. This time Andrea cross examined him not with words, but with death itself. JEP can’t avoid it. He can’t escape jokingly. He can only face the fate of his own mortal existence and can’t restrain it.

After Ramona’s death, JEP returned to the unfettered wandering soul. However, this time he really began to face the burden of survival. His love for Ramona has made him no longer see the sea. Because he found and lost Ramona, his nostalgic nostalgia for the beauty was dragged to the real pain of survival itself. The identity anxiety of “who am I” gave way to the pain and despair of “who will take care of me now”. After losing your love, you lose the tie to survival. Whether you are sitting in a grand mansion like Viola, or at a busy table like Egidio, you have the same identity and are duckweed with nowhere to rely on.

He asked the magician Arturo to let him disappear like a giraffe, but artuno said it was just a play. When Romano, the only old friend and good man, chose to leave Rome because he was extremely sad, the last hope of JEP ATC was dashed. Turning around, he found that the giraffe was gone, but he heard a silent scream in his ears.

If there is no support for survival, but the burden of death can not be avoided, then seeking to skip the nothingness of death is the simplest and most direct appeal. This is the source of JEP’s “let me disappear” with no reason. However, this is impossible. There is life, there must be death. The inevitability of death means not only the inevitable arrival of death, but also the inevitable bearing of survival. No matter how empty survival is, it is still survival and not death. Therefore, the silent scream of the soul is fate. You can’t escape. Turning a blind eye to survival is just a trick.

When JEP went to visit ELISA’s husband Alfredo and wanted to return to ELISA’s diary, he was told that the diary had been thrown away, and Alfredo was also going to have a drink and watch TV with his new girlfriend in the evening. JEP knew he had no way to go and could only restore the meaninglessness of his previous life. “The most fun train in Rome is the train we took at the party because we don’t go anywhere.”. All the lines were broken, and he went back to the beginning. He said to the maid, “this is my life, it’s nothing”. Emptiness is no longer a state worthy of deliberation and trying to change, but an unavoidable conclusion.

But when he saw the wall covered with photos of a person every day, his eyes filled with tears.

Beauty has been trying to transcend time and reach eternity. Jumping from limited existence to infinite existence is an eternal and hopeless attempt of life. Jumping and jumping, only the eternal illusion is left in my eyes. I know the current moment, but I forget the history along the way. Until I return to the cradle where I was born and listen to the story of my father and mother in the receiver, I realize that what I ask and what I am are actually determined by each other and the music of life. Every echo of ATC is screaming, but together it is the music of life. However, the music will eventually return to peace, so who is the listener?

Looking at their living conditions, after looking for pain, there is only a circular train left in the end. Even if we can jump out of the illusion of changing appearance, there is no audience after the music of life stops. This is JEP’s final fear. For this reason, he even humbly asked whether the foolish bishop could exorcise the devil, because if he could, it means that the other side can understand and influence this side, then the meaning will be changed

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