The film is a character study with two protagonists— Jep Gambardella and the city that he inhabits, Rome. Jep is a writer who doesn't write, an underwhelmed intellectual, an aging socialite doing his best to remain young and important. He's a cynic, shallow and decadent much like the city in which he finds himself, a city that multiple characters try to leave throughout the film.
During a post-movie aperitivo, Daniela, Sentieri's President, brought up the point that in Fellini's La Dolce Vita there was hope in the end, but in The Great Beauty there seems to be none. This led to a heated discussion about the realities of life in post-Berlusconi Italy, Italian cynicism, and comparisons between American and Italian mentalities.
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