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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 (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002753V20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,242 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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4.2 out of 5 stars

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mooch on 8 Jun. 2009
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 on 13 Nov. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2011
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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 real-life and 7-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. There is some truth in the allegations of style over substance in the film (particularly, given the complexity of the substance here, namely Italian politics!), but overall this film held my attention for the full, near two-hour running time.

Tony Servillo (who was also excellent in The Consequences of Love) plays Andreotti brilliantly, with a remarkably restrained and idiosyncratic performance. There are numerous occasions where the meaning, or feel, of a particular scene are communicated almost entirely by one of Servillo's facial expressions! The direction, cinematography and soundtrack are all quite superb, and the film features a number of great set-piece sequences. It also has one of the most 'cinematic' opening 10 minutes that I've seen in recent cinema - in fact, it, arguably, does not reach this level of excellence again during the remainder of the film.

Because of the nature of the drama i.e. the inter-relationships between slightly 'remote' Italian politicians, and, it has to be said, Sorrentino's reluctance to delve too deeply into the characters other than Andreotti, the film's main drawback is the lack of viewer engagement in the supporting characters.

This drawback having been noted, though, I would still regard this as an essential film to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jan. 2010
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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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