I recently watched La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) and lingering images and lines from the movie have been truly tickling my brain since. It's ultimately an incredibly beautiful story on the meaning of life (or atleast, I thought ;) as each scene seems to make a comment on the nature of duality. The movie shows the sweetness of life; youth, love, purity, nature, while also exposing what seems sweet, but is actually an empty, illusory sweetness. Conversely, the movie takes a good, long look at mediocrity, loss of hope, bleakness, and illusion...which provides a sometimes stark, yet often subtle, contrast to the film's rich, incredibly vivid imagery.
The movie is truly alive and dead, as it truly prompted me to ooooooo eeeee ahhhhhh, look inside myself (heh) ...and see if I could find some not-so-alive parts of myself that would like to join the otherwise, party. I imagine it did this for a lot of people as both introspection and a re-clarified perspective were the swift gifts of this movie. In addition to mesmerizing scenes and perplexing, perhaps even faux-insightful (a line so simple that there must be another meaning...but maybe not?!! aka the roots line - of course, roots are important sista! heeeeheeehooohooooo) lines that stay in your head for days, keepin' you itchin' and ticklin'