Oscar winner ‘Beauty’ recalls Fellini
“The Great Beauty” — the Oscar winner for best foreign language film, about a one-hit-wonder novelist (played by Toni Servillo) reflecting on his life at 65 — is more ravishingly Felliniesque than many of Federico Fellini’s own movies.
Director Paolo Sorrentino doesn’t simply mimic the master’s style and preoccupations, which anyone could do, but conjures the kind of emotions that made “La Dolce Vita,” “81/2” and others endure. He collects scenes of superficial extravagance and eccentricity, then finds the deeper yearnings they conceal.
The DVD and Blu-ray/DVD (Criterion, $25-$40) include a conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda, interviews with Servillo and screenwriter Umberto Contarello, deleted scenes and a booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Lopat.
Colin Covert says: Whatever squabbles some might have with the oblique, leisurely narrative, all will most certainly be captivated by Luca Bigazzi’s camerawork, boasting some of the most gorgeous shot compositions on display in 2013.
Also out Tuesday: “Delivery Man,” “The Freshman” (1925, Blu-ray), “Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIX,” “Odd Thomas,” “Patrick” (Blu-ray), “Walking With Dinosaurs,” “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
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