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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 211827050
UPC: 030306181097
UPC 14: 00030306181097
Category Keywords: Biographical  Mafia  Political
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"In both meanings of the word, Il Divo is sensational.  Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"An intensely political film so wildly inventive and witty that it will become a touchstone for years to come, Il Divo is a masterpiece  Jay Weissberg, Variety
"You need know nothing about Italian politics to completely enjoy the fantastical, Fellini-fied, tragi-comic, biographical fun-for-all Il Divo.  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Editor's Note
Award-winning filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (THE FAMILY FRIEND) writes and directs this cinematic portrait of seven-time Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, whose controversial legacy peaked when he was tried for Mafia ties and subsequently acquitted. A leader with close ties to the Vatican, Andreotti was also tried and acquitted for the murder of an Italian journalist, and remains a senator for life.

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Video Features Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MPI
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/27/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00030306181097
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anna Bonaiuto
Video Cast Info Flavio Bucci
Video Cast Info Giulio Bosetti
Video Cast Info Toni Servillo
Video Cast Info Carlo Buccirosso
Video Cast Info Giorgio Colangeli
Video Cast Info Lorenzo Gionelli - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Aldo Ralli - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Enzo Rai - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Piera Degli Esposti - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Giovanni Vettorazzo - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Gianfelice Imparato - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Paolo Graziosi - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Alberto Cracco - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Massimo Popolizio - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Luca Bigazzi - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Angelo Raguseo - Sound
Video Cast Info Emanuele Cecere - Sound
Video Cast Info Silvia Moraes - Sound
Video Cast Info Paolo Sorrentino - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Teho Teardo - Composer
Video Cast Info Davide Bertoni - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Vittorio Sodano - Special Makeup Effects
Video Cast Info Fanny Ardant - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Paolo Sorrentino - Director

Awards


Oscar (2010)
   Video Award Name Aldo Signoretti, Vittorio Sodano, Nominee, Best Achievement in Makeup

Cannes Film Festival (2008)
Video Award Name Paolo Sorrentino, Winner, Jury Prize
   Video Award Name Paolo Sorrentino, Nominee, Golden Palm

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
They would seem to be opposites, but on the basis of two recent films, the longtime Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti and the longtime fashion emperor Valentino were surprisingly similar. Both are seen as intensely private, rarely happy, single-minded in pursuit of their ambitions, cool in their personal relationships, and ruling as if by divine right. A difference is that Valentino was never accused of criminal activities...Another difference is that they've inspired radically different films. Valentino: The Last Emperor is reverential; Il Divo is fascinated by what it presents as Andreotti's lifelong career of skullduggery. Still serving the Italian state as a senator for life at the age of 90, he entered politics in 1946 and was prime minister during most of the years between 1972 and 1992. During much of that time, he was widely believed to have associations with the Mafia, and Il Divo shows him imagining a confession to his wife in which he links himself to 236 deaths. One of those might include the murder of Aldo Moro, his political rival, who was kidnapped by the Red Brigades and killed after 54 days when Andreotti shockingly refused to negotiate a ransom...The film proceeds like a black comedy version of The Godfather, crossed with Oliver Stone's Nixon. It assembles a roll call of figures in postwar Italian politics, society and crime, uses an abundance of names and dates in captions, and makes us despair of keeping track until we realize we're not intended to -- the purpose of all these facts is simply to evoke the sheer scope and breadth of Andreotti's machinations. The more we learn, the more fascinated we become, as Servillo portrays him as poker-faced, hunched, impassive, observing all, revealing little, wise and cynical beyond measure. Imagine Dick Cheney without the jolly charisma...After I saw Il Divo, I suppose I should have felt indignation. I suppose I should also have felt that way after The Godfather. But such films present such mesmerizing figures that I simply regard them, astonished. I wonder if just before a snake strikes you, you think: What an amazing snake! The Italians, you have to admit, get good value for their money. Who could possibly follow Andreotti as prime minister? Try Silvio Berlusconi. - Roger Ebert

New York Post 9 of 10
Meet Italy's Teflon senator. For more than 50 years, Giulio Andreotti -- the centerpiece of Il Divo -- has been one of his country's most powerful and feared politicians. From 1972 to 1992, he was elected prime minister a record seven times, and he has occupied nearly all ministerial posts. Although retired from active politics, the 90-year-old remains a senator for life. Over the years he found himself involved in multiple scandals, but he always survived. Director Paolo Sorrentino's knockout drama Il Divo concentrates on Andreotti's final government (1991-92) and subsequent legal battles. It ends with what newspapers called the Trial of the Century, in which Andreotti was accused of ties to the Mafia -- as well as ordering the murder of a journalist who was about to release a book critical of the politician. The highly stylized, often outrageously funny biopic is anchored by a devastating performance by Toni Servillo as Andreotti, brilliantly capturing the gnomic politician's trademark slouch and inexpressive face. (I couldn't help being reminded of actor Max Schreck as a vampire in the 1922 silent classic "Nosferatu.") Servillo, who also appears in Gomorrah, proves himself worthy of an Oscar nomination, although there's no way in hell he'll ever get it. Andreotti's associates and hangers-on are portrayed with equal intensity, and Anna Bonaiuto is especially noteworthy as Andreotti's long-suffering wife, Livia. "I know who you are," she tells her slippery husband. "You can't spend your life with a man and not know who he is. I know who you are." The music -- from Vivaldi to Sibelius to Teho Teardo's originals -- and the cinematography by Luca Bigazzi add intensity. Of course, there's the danger that Americans will get lost in the maze of unfamiliar characters and events -- but Servillo's performance will save the day. - V.A. Musetto

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