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      Il Divo

      Released Apr 24, 2009 1h 50m Biography History Drama List
      92% Tomatometer 51 Reviews 80% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino received the Cannes Jury Prize for his biopic of the fabled Italian politician Giulio Andreotti (Toni Servillo). The film covers a large portion of Andreotti's seven terms as prime minister of Italy, and concerns itself with the inner machinations of the man known as "Beelzebub," the intrigue surrounding the disappearance of his political enemies (including two-time prime minister Aldo Moro), and the role of the Mafia in postwar Italy. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      While the web of corruption in this Italian political thriller can be hard for a non-native to follow, the visuals and the intrigue are compelling and thrilling in equal measure.

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      Jonathan F. Richards Film.com The film takes flight on the brilliant title performance by Tony Servillo (Gomorrah), who plays Andreotti like a mummified Alec Guinness, as if encased in layers of plaster of Paris. Aug 23, 2009 Full Review Peter Howell Toronto Star We may not know the man, but we know the dance, as seen in the highly diverting and hugely controversial Il Divo, a biopic as wly as its subject. Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 10, 2009 Full Review Brian Tallerico Movie Retriever A stunning piece of work that feels both familiar and completely unique at the same time. Jul 10, 2009 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk A more conventional filmmaker would be defeated by Andreotti's murky history, but Sorrentino's flamboyantly Baroque approach - full of dazzling visual flourishes worthy of Scorsese in his pomp - delivers an indelible portrait. Nov 21, 2020 Full Review Ard Vijn ScreenAnarchy Sumptuous filmmaking at its most flashiest, "Il Divo" may distance some people but I found it to be riveting. Jan 17, 2020 Full Review PJ Nabarro Patrick Nabarro A clever telling of the story about the epic levels of corruption in Italian public life that found the suitably opaque, vampiric presence of Andreotti at the centre of it. Rated: 4/5 Feb 1, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Leaburn O Interested because it was a Sorrentino film and it introduced me to a bit of the Andretti backstory that I was ignorantly unaware of. Unfortunately no matter how well made the film, I couldn't follow what was going on because there are hundreds of characters we're introduced to and following the convoluted plots of the magus connections was a total nightmare. That said, I got the tough gist but wasn't entirely entertained. Bought this one for £1 in a charity shop and was intrigued as this movie had entirely passed me by. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Toni Servillo prende i panni di uno dei capi di Stato più influenti della storia Italiana, e lo fa con una splendida performance. Si percorrono gli ultimi anni della sua presidenza, le delusioni e il castello che si sgretola; tutto accompagnato dai lucidi e taglienti commenti in prima persona di Servillo, avido osservatore e abile marionettista. Tanti personaggi intorno a lui hanno il loro spazio, mentre viene molto tralasciato tutto ciò che avvenne prima. Viene data molta più importanza all'aspetto intimo del personaggio, piuttosto che alla sua storia. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Liam D When Italy do Political and Mafia Thrillers it's a special kind of movie and this is top class in both genres in both English and Foreign movie making Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/29/21 Full Review Audience Member Italian politics remain something of a difficult subject for film as it's endlessly confusing. Sorrentino narrows the focus just enough here to give you a sense of the chaotic depths of the corruption even if Andreotti remains an enigmatic figure at the end. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member For a movie where I only occasionally had a basic level of knowledge to follow what was going on-not a fault of the film's, nor of mine, but just an incompatibility of audience and art-I rarely was confused or entirely lost. As ambiguous, byzantine, and culturally contained as the political machinations may be, the story is nonetheless so compellingly filmed, convincingly performed and confidently shot, that the movie easily captures the viewer's attention and imagination, if not always their comprehension. In that way, the film in effect reflects its central subject, whose mild-mannered Machiavellianism seemed shrouded and overshadowed by the spectacle of his perpetual political prominence-"Il Divo" could just as easily be translated as "the celebrity" as it could "the divine"-the most effective way of concealing corruption being to stand in the spotlight, a point American leaders have taken note of, as well. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review nefasto r La bellezza di questo film contrasta con la il triste fatto che è troppo simile alla realtà dei fatti. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino received the Cannes Jury Prize for his biopic of the fabled Italian politician Giulio Andreotti (Toni Servillo). The film covers a large portion of Andreotti's seven terms as prime minister of Italy, and concerns itself with the inner machinations of the man known as "Beelzebub," the intrigue surrounding the disappearance of his political enemies (including two-time prime minister Aldo Moro), and the role of the Mafia in postwar Italy.
      Director
      Paolo Sorrentino
      Producer
      Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano, Andrea Occhipinti
      Screenwriter
      Paolo Sorrentino
      Distributor
      Music Box Films
      Production Co
      Indigo Films, Lucky Red, Arte France Cinema, Studio Canal, Parco Film
      Genre
      Biography, History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 24, 2009, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 20, 2011
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $239.3K
      Runtime
      1h 50m
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