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This movie attempts to reconstruct the bankruptcy of the Banco Ambrosiano bank and its liaisons with the Vatican and the Masonry through the story of its president Roberto Calvi, notoriously found dead under the Blackfriars Bridge in London in June 1982. Written by
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. Courageous attempt to clarify one of the most obscure financial and political scandal of the eighties in Italy. Around the Banco Ambrosiano CEO Mr. Roberto Calvi rotate (and according to present evidences had rotated) a massive and incredible crowd of politicians, businessmen, secret agents and mafiosi. Calvi is deeply involved in financing different plans under indication of CIA and a Italian Masonic lodge called P2 (Propaganda due) through offshore ghost companies held by the IOR (Vatican's state bank). This could be fantasy but it isn't. It is hard to believe that Bishop Marcinkus, Pope Johannes Paul II were linked in some way to Mr. Gelli (P2's master), Mr. Pazienza, Argentina's generals and involved also in mafia's money laundering plans. 'En passant' we can see also the other famous rough banker Mr. Sindona, the camorra pressing to save a political man kidnapped by red terrorists, the killing attempted to the Pope, the Malvines/Falckland war and the polish Solidarnosc birth There are enough subjects, stories and interest for at least four films, and considering that to date the story isn't still fully known this movie made a good job in resuming all the intrigues without making a muddle. The movie succeeded also to avoid to be a strong political documentary i.e. Fahrenheit 9/11, in fact the events are presented just from an historical point of view. I honestly suggest to watch this movie for ones interested on Italian recent history, 'I banchieri di Dio' is a good first step to investigate the obscure years between the seventies and the eighties in Italy. My vote is 7 (out of 10) for being such a courageous and illuminating movie.
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