Il divo

Il divo

la spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti = the spectacular life of Giulio Andreotti

DVD - 2009 | Italian
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Seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti's long career was dogged by persistent accusations of conspiracy, Mafia connections and state-sponsored terror. This compelling film explores the shocking political machinations and shady criminal underworld surrounding this fascinating and controversial figure.
Publisher: Orland Park, IL : MPI Home Video, [2009]
ISBN: 9780788610042
078861004X
Branch Call Number: ITA 791.4372 D6188s
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Divo

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Punnoval
Nov 12, 2019

This is mostly a fine quasi-documentary on the long-time Italian politician, Giulio Andreotti. It would have been even better if there was less jump-cutting and more information on the identities of several of the characters. I think I am relatively familiar with Italian politics of that era, but only about a third of the names were familiar (and there were many, many of them.)
A great performance by Sorrentino's main man, Toni Servillo. The actresses who played his secretary and wife were also fine.

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byoneoka
Sep 07, 2018

Rather confusing telling of the politician who ruled Italy for some 50 years. This film could use major editing that would explain the CONTEXT for Androtti's life, as well as his CLAIM-to-FAME of what was achieved and what his role in this was.

It is hard to come away impressed by Androtti as a leader, to be clear what his political policy was, and his strategy to accomplish his goals.

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kpelish
Aug 13, 2018

Luridly retold tale of an Italian prime minister, Andreotti, who led during bloody, turbulent times. The ending is a sardonic take on how corruption can win, as the case winds it way up and down the appeals courts for years--and a footnote that Andreotti was succeeded by the pedophiliac Berlusconi. Poor Italy! The actor who plays Andreotti is deliberately impassive--a caricature of a self-centered bureaucrat--so that after a while, the viewing becomes boring. If you like history, Italian culture, or the ever-present influences of the Catholic Church and The Mafia, you may like this. Otherwise, there are better movies that more vividly depict corrupt politicians.

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Nursebob
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!

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Ron@Ottawa
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.

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AmyEighttrack
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

Tedious.

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Furnituregrrl
Jan 29, 2012

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

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kpelish
Aug 13, 2018

Violence: Multiple hits and/or murders.

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kpelish
Aug 13, 2018

Sexual Content: Women are treated as objects.

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