Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty (2013) almost slipped by my radar, until I heard a discussion of it on the Salte CUltural Gabfest. It was a visual feats that calls to mind classic Italian films like Fellini's La Dolce Vita and Bertolucci's The Conformist. It is the story of an aging bacchanalian minor author, Jem Garmbadella (with a robust performance from Toni Servillo), who realizes at his 65th birthday that time is against him. There are sumptuously choreographed party scenes and gorgeous throwaway transition scenes throughout the film. The whole may be the lesser of the parts, but the set pieces within the film entertain and appeal to the eye. A great film to see prior to any Italy visit.