This week we travel to Rome and learn about… something, as we examine The Great Beauty.


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.”[8] The main character is an aging socialite, Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel in his twenties, only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome. After his 65th birthday party, he walks through the ruins and city streets, encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Silva Price
    January 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm — Reply

    After I listened to this podcast, I finally cracked open my copy and watched it. Really great film.

    By the way. when you get a chance, check out American Sniper. Saw it today and all I have to say is Bradly Cooper is amazing.

  2. Karl G. Siewert
    January 20, 2015 at 8:04 pm — Reply

    Hearing Matthew talk about having to re-start this movie reminds me of my experience with Short Cuts, the Robert Altman film.

    I picked it off the shelf at the video store because it looked like a comedy. It even had a pull quote: “Roaringly funny…A terrific movie!” on the cover. I put it in and watched it, and 20 minutes in there’s a horrible car accident. I stopped the movie and realized that I hadn’t laughed once. I had to rewind it (yes, it was that long ago) and start again in a different frame of mind. A great film in many ways, but dark.

    Also, Zach. You mentioned your difficulty in finding a copy of La Dolce Vita. Keep your public library in mind. They often have good collections of older movies that are tough to locate otherwise, and even if they don’t they can typically request a copy through Interlibrary Loan and have it in just a week or two.

    I’ve loved the few ZoF episodes I’ve listened to in recent weeks, and I’ve decided that once I’m caught up with Critical Hit, I’ll start listening to this podcast from the beginning. Thanks for all you do!

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