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2013 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 7: Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza

One week into the fest and the double bill appears to be a strong one – we find Steven Soderbergh’s last feature film (I’m betting we won’t wait as long as Alejandro Jodorowsky to pull one out of the rabbit) and Paolo Sorrentino’s stroke of genius La Grande Bellezza which many have compared to some of Fellini’s best works in the baroque La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2. A Valentine’s card to Rome, and at times a touching, almost fantasy-like salute to a life well lived, Sorrentino’s muse Toni Servillo camps out in different planes of the city and at just about every minute in a 24 hour cycle is represented in what is essential a recap of one’s romantic life and how professionally he moves from writer’s block to being reinvigorated. Running just over the two hour mark, this was well-received by the critics on our rid, but didn’t win over all. Click on the image below for the most current update.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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