In Rome at dawn, when everyone is sleeping, one man is awake. That man is Giulio Andreotti. Calm, crafty and inscrutable, Andreotti is synonym of power in Italy for over four decades. But when the strongest counter power in Italy, the Mafia, declares war on him, things change…
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To my aesthetic, all of the films by Sorrentino and cinematographer Luca Bigazzi are magnificent. I will have to watch this again, just to look at the images, without thinking about all of the complexities of the story. To see a film like this, or THE GREAT BEAUTY, on a computer screen is a grave injustice to the art of cinema. I will be going to see the next Sorrentino film, YOUTH, at the theater when it's released!
Paolo Sorrentino is an under-appreciated director, and his working relationship with Toni Servillo is something to truly cherish. Servillo is marvelous, and I really enjoyed the playful use of text throughout the film. The barrage of names and conspiracies can be confusing at times for someone unfamiliar with Giulio Andreotti's legacy, but this is still an exceptional film.
The montage of backroom politics in the bid for the presidency, set against Sibelius' Violin Concerto, is fluid and droll -- a whirling carnival of wheeling and dealing that is just one of Il Divo's many memorable vignettes.
IL DIVO is not about Giulio Andreotti's guiltiness, it's the study of a man who managed to survive during decades the numerous jolts of Italian politics. A movie about powers, a movie about power, a movie about Power. Highly recommended.
Servillo is brilliant as the cold, witty, and machiavellian Andreotti. Excellent flow and pacing of the film, but there are too many characters introduced and then immediately sent off. Music selection is a fun spectrum of beautiful to bizarre.