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Il Divo [DVD]

Toni Servillo , Anna Bonaiuto , Paolo Sorrentino    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002753V20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,668 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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44 of 48 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that benefits from several viewings 4 Jan 2010
By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A film that focuses solely on one of modern Italy's most enigmatic politicians but only a small part of that life, from when his seventh premiership started through to when that government quickly collapsed and he failed in a bid for the then vacant Italian presidency, followed by his indictment and trial for Mafia murder connections as the major Mafia trials started due to the prior efforts of the recently assassinated state prosecutor Falcone . Like many other UK viewers I had only a general basic knowledge of Italian politics so had to watch the film a few times before the characters and their names became familiar enough that the plot started to make sense. Well, sense in that whatever has or has not been proven as the closing credit story lines show the case is still very open as to what Andreotti did or did not do.

But in turn that is what makes this such an enthralling film with a free wheeling approach to depicting events in that limited time frame as pieces of hints are placed in different scenes to be linked back to later. And as for Andreotti the central performance of Tony Servillo, delivers why this man was a survivor from the post WWII years till currently, constantly hiding his feelings, being non-emotive in success and disappointment and alert to balancing the interests of his supporters in his own defence while not exposing himself to personal or public attack as the bodies pile up. The slouched shoulders and down at luck countenance offset the endless dry wisecracks as different persons challenge him as to what is the truth especially in the scenes with his wife and his priest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By David
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem From Sorrentino... 6 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
I came to this film knowing very little about post-war Italian politics. The one exception was that I knew Guilio Andreotti had been Prime Minister several times during this period of Christian Democratic dominance and had, shall we say, a controversial past. Essentially, this film deals with Andreotti's alleged connections with the Mafia, even depicting the controversial, unproven kiss often thought to have taken place between Andreotti and Mafia boss Toto Riina. There are a number of other characters around Andreotti who newcomers to Italian politics, (such as myself), may struggle to keep up with during the film. But this movie should not be mistaken for a primer in this particular part of recent Italian history. It is a beguiling cinematic experience, not a history lesson. It may well pique your interest in finding out more, and I would strongly recommend Peter Robb's magnificent Midnight in Sicily (Panther) for those wanting more detail on Andreotti's connections with the Mafia. Take the film though for what it is, a fabulous sketch of a dominant yet flawed political figure. Director Sorrentino has the mood of the film alternate between Tarantino-esque flourishes that would not have seemed out of place in Reservoir Dogs, to moments that are almost Shakespearean, (witness Andreotti's exchanges with an Italian journalist intent on laying out the charges against him.) Toni Servillo is outstanding as Andreotti and there are many memorable turns from the supporting cast too. The DVD also contains a 'making of' and interviews, which are worthy of your attention.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Servillo's understated genius.
The central performance of Sevillo is mesmerizing and if Italian politics is half this corrupt and violent it is a miracle they keep things together.
Published 1 month ago by Sophocles
5.0 out of 5 stars Aesthetically Remarkable
Ordinarily, a film of part of the life of Giulio Andreotti – the great survivor of Italian politics of the late twentieth century – will not in itself attract worldwide plaudits. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nicholas Casley
4.0 out of 5 stars Story about complicated life of former Italian Prime Minister Giulio...
Good film that can only be appreciated by persons who followed Italian politics and social unrest intimately in the 70s and 80s.
Published 5 months ago by old timer
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian politics come to life.
This is a well directed film, dramatically telling the story of Italian politics connecting much with Andreotti's influence in Italian politics over a long period of time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Revd R. B. Miller
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 7 months 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago by RONAN R OSULLIVAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Political Film
The political life of Andreotti and his claimed connections with the Mafia are the subject of this film. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Charles Vasey
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 18 months ago by marco
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