One of the best things about the movies, I think it was in an ad with Scorsese pictured, is that they transport us to another place and time. "The Great Beauty" does those things, and one moment of revelation that stays days after, cropping up at certain moments during the workday, is when the main character walks out on his porch and the Coliseum is revealed in the background. The structure looms, its presence doesn't have to be announced. We instantly recognize it, but it sure isn't the postcard image we're used to. About twenty people around me gasped when it was revealed. I knew what it was, that it wasn't a mat painting (at least I sure hope it wasn't), and we know it's reality. And it ties to the movie's theme, place, and character. Doesn't get much better than that.