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Il Divo Poster
Released Runtime Category
2008 110 Drama, Foreign Language
Director Language
Paolo Sorrentino Italian
Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto

Il Divo

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What's it About

An unusually vivid life-and-times portrait of controversial, Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti (Servillo), a leader with close ties to the Vatican and the Mafia who was indicted for the murder of centrist rival Aldo Mori and later acquitted. Gloating over his political triumphs while his challengers perish, sometimes in a hail of bullets, the soft-spoken Andreotti methodically scales his way up the ladder to presidential power.

Why we love it

The furthest thing from a respectful, politically correct biopic, Sorrentino’s kinetically edited, go-for-broke, almost operatic feat of visual imagination and historical reconstruction takes a slyly humorous slant on the notorious exploits of the seven-time PM, now a senator for life in his native country. Servillo’s Peter Sellers-esque portrayal of the scandal-plagued politician is equal parts deadpan caricature and grand, character-channeling embodiment. A stylish, utterly original twist on conventional docudrama, with a killer score.

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