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Calm, ambiguous, inscrutable, Giulio Andreotti–known variously as “The Sphinx,” “Beelzebub” and “Il Divo” (from a nickname for Julius Caesar)–has been a fixture on the Italian political scene for more than four decades. He first entered government in 1946, and has served as Minister of the Interior, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister, and currently, at the age of 90, Life Senator. Over the years he has been accused of ordering political assassinations and of betraying anyone necessary to maintain the reins of power. The film follows Andreotti as his long-dominant Christian Democrat party is toppled in the early 1990’s by a trial involving head-on accusations of corruption, murder and Mafia connections. The trial brought a wave of suicides of high-level national figures though Andreotti managed, after a series of trials, verdicts and appeals, to avoid permanent sentence.
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The cast includes: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti, Flavio Bucci, Carlo Buccirosso, Giorgio Colangeli, Alberto Cracco and Piera Degli Esposti
“A stunning Italian film. And when was the last time I was able to say that? A masterful achievement without concessions to the larger public who doesn’t know or care about Italian politics. The film has a life of its own. It’s like a Shakespearean adaptation of a modern Mephistopheles. If you don’t know who Giulio Andreotti is you will want to know because it feels and looks like a fictional character. How is it possible that someone so obviously guilty of undiluted evil could sit, still, in the senate and being treated like a celebrity worthy of absolute respect. Someone said, only in Italy, but I think that’s far too simple. True, Italy seems to award some kind of venerable status to some big criminals that got away with it, one way or another. All of it is here, in “Il Divo” a riveting study, a wildly entertaining X ray of one of the most puzzling figures in modern political history.”