Research article

La noia della grande bellezza: Il film di Sorrentino attraverso il romanzo di Moravia

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Abstract

This article proposes to read the 2014 Oscar Prize winning film La grande
bellezza, by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, alongside Alberto Moravia’s
1960 novel La noia, taking as a starting point the similarities between the works’ protagonists: Jep Gambardella, an eccentric failed writer, in Sorrentino’s film, and Dino, a painter who quits painting and is involved in a troubled love story, in Moravia’s novel. Both works are homodiegetic narrations of their respective protagonists’ memories; both focus on their artistic failure and psychological distress; both of them connect failure and distress with a desperate love. The anthropological analysis of the film’s plot and its dialogues aims to demonstrate that film and novel alike, show the existential crisis of an individual: in the novel, the protagonist’s crisis is transfigured into the feeling of tedium and deals with the problem of possessing Cecilia’s body; in the film, it is symbolised by the upsetting relationship with beauty and is mediated by the languages of memory, love and the sacred. La grande bellezza may be considered a representation of man’s difficult relationship with reality, in its tautological alternation of beauty and triviality, just as La noia was fifty years earlier.

  • Year: 2016
  • Volume: 16
  • Page/Article: 42-59
  • DOI: 10.18573/newreadings.3
  • Published on 1 Jan 2016
  • Peer Reviewed