Il Divo

Il Divo

DVD - 2008 | Italian
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Portrait of the seven-time prime minister of Italy whose controversial career included alleged Mafia ties and close associations with the Vatican.
Publisher: Orland Park, IL : MPI Home Video, c2008
ISBN: 9780788610042
Branch Call Number: DIV
Characteristics: 1 dvd (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Dec 12, 2014

Paolo Sorrentino’s highly kinetic and ultra chic biopic of Italian statesman Giulio Andreotti who headed that country’s Christian Democratic Party for seven consecutive terms despite a mountain of substantial rumours linking him to various organized crime interests ranging from the Mafia to the Vatican Bank. Even as his political rivals succumbed to assassination (along with various judges, journalists, and businessmen) Andreotti managed to avoid prison after all criminal convictions against him were overturned and he was appointed “Senator for Life” in 1991. Portrayed as a dour-faced, stiff-backed Nosferatu by a convincing Toni Servillo, the soft-spoken Andreotti was a complicated and enigmatic figure feared by supporters and detractors alike. In the hands of Sorrentino we see a haunted man seemingly appalled by what he may (or may not) have done but convinced that evil means are sometimes necessary in order to insure virtuous ends. Indeed, in a volatile, and wholly fictitious monologue directed at his long-suffering wife Giulio warns that the end of the world will be precipitated by good and honest men. With elaborate visual flourishes and a fanciful soundtrack of classical overtures and club beats Sorrentino’s amazing production blends elements of film noir, political potboiler, and courtroom drama into a series of polished vignettes, some starkly realistic others fantastic. He leaves us with an impression, aided by some well-placed factoids, of an eccentric and unnervingly pragmatic little man whose reputation took on a life of its own and whose secrets could very well have brought down a government. Bravo!

Mar 03, 2014

This portrayal of a key Italian politician was done by director Paolo Sorentino in a very 'artful' fashion. Great acting by Toni Servillo as the lead man - stony face, mannerism and all. My problem is with the fast speaking dialogue which demands my constant attention to the subtitles, taking away my time with the rest of the screen. A very interest take on a famous political figure. Some audience may find the film boring, though.

Sep 23, 2013

Chilling story of a powerful player in the endemic hold of organized crime in Italy. I found it artful, too. A companion piece would be: Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System by Roberto Saviano and the film Gomorrah that was based on the book.

kurasawa1 May 11, 2013

great movie - well worth watching

btmslt May 01, 2013


Jan 29, 2012

Fascinating story about a very peculiar yet powerful man. Cinematography is outstanding, fab soundtrack.

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