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Il Divo [DVD]

Toni Servillo , Anna Bonaiuto , Paolo Sorrentino    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti, Flavio Bucci, Carlo Buccirosso
  • Directors: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002753V20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The new film from Paolo Sorrentino, the acclaimed director of The Consequences of Love and The Family Friend, is a riveting talk of political intrigue and organised crime, based n the extraordinary life of Guilio Andreotti. Italian Prime Minister no less than seven times, Andreotti s long career was dogged by persistent accusations of conspiracy, Mafia connections and state-sponsored terror. Epic in scope and featuring a commanding performance from Toni Servillo (Gomorrah) as the chillingly enigmatic Andreotti, this compelling and visually dazzling film explores the labyrinthine political machinations and shady criminal underworld surrounding this fascinating and controversial figure. Special Features: The making of Il Divo, Additional Interviews with director Paolo Sorrentino, Special effects featurette, Deleted scenes, Theatrical trailer

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C-I-N-E-M-A. 8 Jun 2009
By Mooch
Format:DVD
The most beguiling film I've seen in a long time, Il Divo is a riot of cinematic technique, a breathless sugar-rush of pure style. Whip-pans and fast cuts one moment, slo-mo operatic action the next. From the surreal shots of a politician skidding child-like across a marble floor to the macabre scenes of the central character creeping round and round his house like Nosferatu - and not forgetting an employment of soundtrack and sound effects that puts peak-form Tarantino in the shade - this bold picture is (all guns) blazing with energy.

Your response to the film will have a lot to do with your approach to cinema. I'm reminded of the review panel who discussed this movie on BBC's Newsnight. They complained that it was difficult to follow the plot and it was too confusing as a lesson in Italian political history, though as an aside they admitted it was terrific cinematically. For me, that relegation of the cinematic experience to a secondary concern says it all. If you want to learn about the facts read a book, if you love cinema, definitely get hold of this film. I'm not saying it's like some sort of shallow advert, it's fascinating as an abstract portrait of power in an unfamiliar (to me) country and a fantastic primer to make you interested in finding out more about the period and events. It's just not a cut and dried briefing document that will furnish you with a simple education.

I would contrast this film to the recent Red Army Faction film The Baader-Meinhof Complex. The German movie presents you with a linear cause-and-effect narrative plotting the formation, actions of and destruction of the R.A.F.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By David
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A rich visual experience, enhanced by the music soundtrack, well worth watching as an exercise in cinematography. Nevertheless, at the end we knew little more about Andreotti himself than we did at the start. OK, the film was never intended as a documentary, but each scene was a (beautifully filmed) vignette on its own, not necessarily connected to the preceding or the subsequent scene. This lack of connectedness made it difficult to form a coherent moral judgment of the man, so I was left feeling, on balance, a little bit disappointed - I wanted to have an opinion about Andreotti but couldn't form one.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating political drama 1 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
I went to see this last week at the Picture House in Hebden Bridge and found it to be a fascinating film, not quite what I was expecting. The trailer seemed to focus on the Mafia connections to politics and I was expecting more of an action movie. This film, however, was subtle in every way and in some places the 'action' was down played. The acting was excellent from all the cast (can't think of one poor performance) and as always with Italian films, the music was great - a real mix of genres.

At the start you are given an Italian Glossary - all the nicknames of political characters and organisations that feature in the film. My heart sank as I'm not good with names at the best of times, but I needn't have worried because the use of this shorthand was limited.

My friend commented that it took some concentration to read fast flowing subtitles (thankfully in large font) whilst watching occasionally quick changing imagery all of which is essential to the plot at that point of the film, so perhaps not a film to watch when you've had a heavy week at work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Political Film 2 Nov 2013
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The political life of Andreotti and his claimed connections with the Mafia are the subject of this film. But do not expect it to be Godfather IV; this is a film about an impenetrable man (as seen by the screenwriter and director) and he remains impenetrable throughout it. Surrounded by his political faction (who all have Damon Runyon nicknames), seen in flashbacks meeting (or not meeting depending on who you believe) mafiosi, or just with his wife or constituents, Andreotti remains calmly witty. We have met Andreotti in disguise in Godfather III and seen his world in Romanzo Criminale but this film has no end and not much action (plenty of bodies though); it is an examination of a man determined not to be examined and the country that produced him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master bipic of a master enigma 26 Dec 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent film that probes the murky underwaters of Italian post-war politics. Vivid and engaging style with an excellent and appropriate soundtrack that captures the essence of the film. This is European cinema at its most incisive best exploring the seamless rise and public fall from grace of the grey eminence of the solidly anti-Communist Christian Democrat coalition. The inner monologue of Andreotti explains how he justified his actions to himself during the grim years of lead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 Dec 2011
By B J M
Format:DVD
Superb cinema. Very interesting. Made me want to research more.Best film I have seen in a while, since City of God I think.

I had to watch a second time and do a bit of Wikki research to get the most from it, and this was a pleasure.

I can understand the one star ratings - its not mainstream cinema at all. It requires concentration if watching with sub titles and knowledge of the times in which it is set is very helpful. I will watch it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knowing personally Andreotti
Knowing personally Andreotti, I find this film amazing, playing Andreotti was the best an actor could do.
So true, so real, will certainly tell my friends to watch. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Simonne Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Italian masterpiece
This is a chilling film ,which is most beautifully crafted. As with all Sorrentino's movies the use of colour visual form and subtlety of character are wonderfully balanced. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Stowe
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not watch the end of the film as it did not interest me
Chose this by mistake, but watched it and was very bored with it, but I tried to take in the atmosphere of it, but could not come to grips with it.
Published 4 months ago by sonia smith
2.0 out of 5 stars You Need to know the Politics
Nothing like The Great Beauty - I can see why some people would like this film, but it wasn't for me.
Published 4 months ago by RONAN R OSULLIVAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Always wanted to see this movie and it is beautifully made and very closed story to what happened in italy during that period!!
Published 11 months ago by marco
4.0 out of 5 stars IL DIVO
"Power wears out those who don't have it."
- Andreotti

Stylish Italian film whose complex subject is Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jet Lagged
5.0 out of 5 stars A Political Biopic with a real difference...
Whether or not you appreciate the masterful, almost flashy direction, it certainly turns what could be an absolute dirge of a political lecture into a cinematic tour de force. Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Tim Kidner
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish Political Drama
Having been a fan of Paulo Sorrentino's earlier films, The Consequences of Love and (slightly less so) A Family Friend, this is his very stylish take on the political 'career' of... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Keith M
3.0 out of 5 stars Accomplished portrait of soullessness?
As at least one other reviewer has previously said, this is a highly impressive cinematic achievement from a technical point of view. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2011 by Spailpin Fanach
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