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As Oscar voting enters the homestretch, "The Great Beauty" gives a historical nod to the Italian films that have made the nation the most successful winner of best foreign-language film.If the film wins, like it did earlier at the Golden Globe Awards and the BAFTAs, Britain's top film awards, it could give Italy its 14th foreign-language picture Oscar statuette.Naples-born Sorrentino, 43, said Rome and the banalities of everyday life served as an inspiration for the film, which, although a drama, exuberantly pulses along with each shot accented by vivid color.Like Marcello Mastroianni's Marcello character in "La Dolce Vita, "Servillo, 54 – who also starred in Sorrentino's 2008 film "Il Divo" about former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti – shares the screen with Rome as his co-star.
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