November 19, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office] and Janus Films invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Written by Paolo Sorrentino
and Umberto Contarello
Produced by Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima
Followed by a Q&A with Paolo Sorrentino

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Italy’s Official Submission for Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards®

Competition Selection: Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection: Toronto Int'l Film Festival

Opens in L.A. on Friday, November 22

About The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il Divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafe?s to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

“An outlandishly entertaining hallucination.”
—Mahnola Dargis, The New York Times

“A densely packed, often astonishing cinematic feast that honors Rome in all its splendor and superficiality.”
—Jay Weissberg, Variety

“A masterpiece, a grand swooning epic, lush to the point of insanity.”
—Catherine Shoard, The Guardian

“A Technicolor La Dolce Vita for the Berlusconi era.”
—Rachel Donadio, The New York Times

Provided courtesy of Janus Films. Not rated. Running time: 142 minutes. In Italian, with English subtitles.

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About the Guest

PAOLO SORRENTINO (Writer/Director)

Born in Naples in 1970, Paolo Sorrentino is one of Italian cinema’s most distinctive and stylish filmmakers. In 1998, his short film
Love Has No Boundaries established a relationship with Indigo Films, who have produced all of his films to date. In 2001, his first feature, the dramatic comedy One Man Up, won the Silver Ribbon for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival. This film also marked his first collaboration with favorite actor Toni Servillo. The Consequences of Love (2004), Sorrentino’s second film, premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and won five David di Donatello Awards, for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Cinematography. The film Il Divo (2008), a portrait of the Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, won the Jury Prize at Cannes and featured a stunning performance by Servillo. Following This Must Be the Place (2011), his first film to be shot in America, Sorrentino returned to his home country for the acclaimed The Great Beauty (2013).

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago