• Il Divo (2009)

Il Divo

Release Date: April 24th, 2009

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Piera Degli Esposti, Paolo Graziosi, Giulio Bosetti, Flavio Bucci, Carlo Buccirosso, Giorgio Colangeli

Director: Paolo Sorrentino

Genres: Biography , Historical drama

Production Co: Indigo Films, Lucky Red, Arte France Cinema, Studio Canal, Parco Film

Keywords: 1970s, 2000s, Rise, Rivalry, Fall, Engaging, 1990s, 1980s, Mystery, Fascinating

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The frequently outrageous Il Divo follows the career of one of the best-known and most tenacious figures in Italian political history in a lively, sensory-overload, cartoonlike fashion reminiscent of "Amelie" and "Moulin Rouge." The fact that it's often over-the-top goes with saying, and is part of the fun. show more

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    All in all, this phenomenal film illustrates Alexis de Tocqueville's observation that "The people get the government they deserve." In both meanings of the word, Il Divo is sensational. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The film proceeds like a black comedy version of "The Godfather," crossed with Oliver Stone’s "Nixon." show more

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