''The Great Beauty'' director made honorary citizen of Rome
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 00:44
Paolo Sorrentino, director of the Oscar winning film ''The Great Beauty'', receives the honorary citizenship of Rome. Rough cut - no narration
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Naples-born director Paolo Sorrentino was made Rome's honorary citizen on Friday (March 14) after his film ''The Great Beauty', set in the Eternal City, was the Oscar winner for best foreign language film. The visually stunning drama about an aging writer's reflections on life and his search for meaning among Rome's idle rich also won top foreign film honors at the Golden Globes and Britain's BAFTAs. It was the first Oscar for Sorrentino and the 11th win for an Italian film since foreign language film became a competitive category in 1956, the most of any country. Italian films earned three additional Academy Awards before that time. Sorrentino had thanked the city of Rome in his Los Angeles acceptance speech, along with Italian director Federico Fellini, former Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona - who once played for Naples soccer club - and his wife. In Rome's Campidoglio, during the ceremony, Sorrentino joked about his right to an honour that has been reserved to some of Italy's greats, like writer Alessandro Manzoni and composer Giuseppe Verdi. "The Great Beauty" (La Grande Bellezza) - which follows 65-year-old writer Jep Gambardella, played by Toni Servillo, through all-night parties and high-class affairs - has reminded critics of Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" in its portrayal of the Italian capital's hedonistic haut monde.
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