Because it had been written, because it existed, there was nothing I really had to write. If I decided to never write a word again, I could point people to La Peste and all that needed to be done would be done.
At the end of La Grande Bellezza, rather than relief, I felt an all too rare moment of intellectual and aesthetic solidarity. It was a pleasure to encounter an entertaining and well-executed work that articulated ideas that are also important to me.
Character-driven, well-paced, and well-shot, the movie makes five claims that are worth repeating.
- Most of what we do is an effort to distract ourselves from the inevitably of death.
- Beauty is everywhere, if we look for it.
- The greatest beauty happens between two people.
- Our distractions can distract us from beauty.
- Claims 1 – 4 are true for everyone, however fancy your tailored suit or cocktail dress may be.
When I finished reading La Peste, I felt relief because, at the time that I read it, I really felt like there were no more words that I wanted to write. In contrast, the feeling of solidarity I experienced at the end of La Grande Bellezza is a useful reminder that even I would rather not feel alone in the universe.