The Great Beauty★★★★ Premiere 11.25pm-2.15am Film4
Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino’s gorgeously tragic and operatic paean to Rome was my favourite film of 2013 and the best foreign language winner at the Oscars and Baftas. His English-language follow-up, Youth (released Friday) has already won star Michael Caine a European Film Award, although it has failed to tickle the American Academy or Bafta. Either way, both films are about old age and reflection on past lives, a refreshing change from cinema’s obsession with, well, youth.
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