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Il divo -- The story of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, who has been elected to Parliament seven times since is was established in 1946.

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The spectacular life of Giulio Andreotti.
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Cast

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Toni Servillo ... Giulio Andreotti

Anna Bonaiuto ... Livia Danese
Giulio Bosetti ... Eugenio Scalfari

Flavio Bucci ... Franco Evangelisti

Carlo Buccirosso ... Paolo Cirino Pomicino

Giorgio Colangeli ... Salvo Lima
Alberto Cracco ... Don Mario

Piera Degli Esposti ... Signora Enea
Lorenzo Gioielli ... Mino Pecorelli

Paolo Graziosi ... Aldo Moro

Gianfelice Imparato ... Vincenzo Scotti

Massimo Popolizio ... Vittorio Sbardella
Aldo Ralli ... Giuseppe Ciarrapico
Giovanni Vettorazzo ... Magistrato Scarpinato
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orazio Alba ... Gaspare Mutolo
Fernando Altieri ... Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
Stewart Arnold ... Larry Schoenbach

Nuot Arquint ... Lima's killer
Antonello Avallone ... Doctor
Gaetano Balistreri ... Tommaso Buscetta
Dezio Bettini ... Licio Gelli
Pietro Biondi ... Francesco Cossiga
Giovanni Bissaca ... Senator
Claudio Bonis ... Pippo Calò
Achille Brugnini ... Cardinal Angelini
Simone Carella ... Rino Formica
Domenico Centamore ... Balduccio Di Maggio
Michele Chiadò ... Senator Pellegrino
Umberto Contarello ... Deputy
Carlo Cozzani ... I.O.R. Cardinal
Luciano Cravino ... Magistrat
Salvatore D'Onofrio ... Escort Chief

Paolo De Giorgio ... Stefano Bontate
Roberto De Rossi ... Journalist
Renato Di Pietro ... Stefano Radola
Lombardo Fornara ... Michele Sindona
Massimo Franceschi ... Journalist
Domenico Gennaro ... Francesco Marino Mannoia
Orlando Gerace ... Nino Salvo
Carlo Giraudo ... Judge Natoli
Victor Goubanov ... Mikhail Gorbachev
Ernesto Izzo ... Deputy
Manuela Lamanna ... Secretary (as Manuela La Manna)
Fiorenza Liberto ... Woman at the Party
Giusto Lo Piparo ... Deputy
Bob Marchese ... Senator
Luigi Messina ... President Ingargiola
Roberto Minutillo ... Deputy (as Roberto Minutillo Turtur)
Gaetano Mosca ... Porter Mario
Giuseppe Pappada ... Arnoldo Forlani
Giuseppe Perri ... Tano Badalamenti
Giuseppe Pesare ... Senator
Alvaro Piccardi ... Raul Gardini
Alessandro Pisticcio ... Deputy
Gilda Postiglione Turco ... Journalist (as Gilda Postiglione)
Alberto Pozzo ... Lawyer Coppi
Mario Prosperi ... Cardinal Pappalardo
Antonello Puglisi ... Vito Ciancimino
Giulio Raffi Casagrande ... Man at the Party
Lorenzo Ragazzini Regis ... General G. Matelli
Enzo Rai ... Totò Riina
Luisella Rossboch ... Senator
Natale Russo ... Leonardo Messina
Giorgio Sappa ... Deputy
Cesare Scova ... Deputy
Maurizio Tropea ... Deputy
Lorenzo Ventavoli ... Deputy
Wiebke Walbrich ... Journalist
Angelo Zito ... Giancarlo Caselli

Fanny Ardant ... Moglie dell'ambasciatore francese (uncredited)
Viola Capitani ... Soubrette (uncredited)
Beppe Grillo ... Himself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Francesco Sala ... Bodyguard (uncredited)

Cristina Serafini ... Caterina Stagno (uncredited)
Renato Zero ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Paolo Sorrentino 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paolo Sorrentino  writer

Produced by
Stefano Bonfanti .... associate producer
Carlotta Calori .... associate producer: Indigo Film
Francesca Cima .... producer
Fabio Conversi .... co-producer
Maurizio Coppolecchia .... co-producer
Gennaro Formisano .... line producer
Gianluigi Gardani .... associate producer
Nicola Giuliano .... producer
Stefano Massenzi .... associate producer: Lucky Red
Andrea Occhipinti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Teho Teardo 
 
Cinematography by
Luca Bigazzi 
 
Film Editing by
Cristiano Travaglioli 
 
Casting by
Anna Maria Sambucco 
 
Production Design by
Lino Fiorito 
 
Set Decoration by
Alessandra Mura 
 
Costume Design by
Daniela Ciancio 
 
Makeup Department
Raffaella Alpignano .... assistant makeup artist: Turin
Peggy Anstett .... hair stylist: Rome
Michele Antonini .... hair stylist: Rome
Sara Avanzati .... makeup artist: Rome
Alessandro D'Anna .... additional makeup artist
Lorella De Rossi .... makeup artist
Francesco Fabiani .... makeup artist: Rome
Rossella Gregorio .... makeup artist
Andrea Lovarini .... makeup artist: Rome
Patrizia Manni .... assistant hair stylist: Turin
Giuliano Mariano .... hair stylist: Rome
Marco Perna .... hair stylist
Rosabella Russo .... assistant hair stylist: Turin
Aldo Signoretti .... key hair stylist
Vittorio Sodano .... makeup designer
Vittorio Sodano .... prosthetic makeup designer
Dorotea Tomasello .... assistant makeup artist: Palermo
Francesco Valguarnera .... assistant hair stylist: Palermo
Michele Vigliotta .... hair stylist: Rome
 
Production Management
Carla Altieri .... assistant unit manager
Giuseppe Di Gangi .... assistant unit manager
Gennaro Formisano .... production manager
Viola Prestieri .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paolo Bartoli .... assistant director: Turin
Paolo Bartoli .... second assistant director
Davide Bertoni .... first assistant director
Marcella Libonati .... assistant director
Andrea Lodovichetti .... second assistant director
Niccolò Pagani .... assistant director: Turin
Giorgio Servillo .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stefano Carbonaro .... propman
Valeria di Munno .... assistant set decorator: Turin
Dafne Forastiere .... assistant production designer: Naples
Carmine Guarino .... assistant production designer
Nicola Sferruzza .... assistant production designer: Palermo
 
Sound Department
Gianluca Basili .... sound effects editor
Sergio Basili .... foley artist
Emanuele Cecere .... sound
Vikram Joglekar .... consultant: Dolby (as Vikram Joglekan)
José A. Manovel .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jose A. Manovel)
Alessandro Molaioli .... second boom operator
Silvia Moraes .... sound editor
Massimo Puccio .... consultant: Dolby
Angelo Raguseo .... sound mixer
Francesco Sabez .... boom operator
Antonio Tirinelli .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Leonardo Cruciano .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Fabio Barretta .... visual effects artist
Francesco Carrara .... studio staff
Claudio Clemente .... cg modeler
Fabio D'Amico .... visual effects
Gabriele De Gennaro .... rotoscoper
Luca Della Grotta .... motion graphics
Marisa Dipasquale .... studio staff (as Marisa Di Pasquale)
Fathima Feminò .... digital compositor
Maura Manfredi .... digital compositor
Rodolfo Migliari .... compositing supervisor
Pablo Mariano Picabea .... data management
Pablo Mariano Picabea .... scanning & film recording
Geraldina Polverelli .... studio staff
Giuseppe Salino .... rotoscoper
Marco Savoia .... studio staff
Nicola Sganga .... visual effects supervisor
Federica Tomao .... studio staff
Paolo Verrucci .... digital film colorist
 
Stunts
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunts
Valentina Bordin .... stunts
Mauro Caterini .... stunts
Emanuel Comanducci .... stunts (as Emanuele Comanducci)
Bruno Di Luia .... stunts
Marco Molinaro .... stunts
Gianluca Petrazzi .... stunt coordinator
Emanuele Romano .... stunts
Mirko Zamperla .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claudio Barbato .... electrician: Turin
Eraldo Barbona .... key grip
Simone Barbona .... grip
Salvatore Bognanni .... assistant camera
Alessandro Brambilla .... steadicam operator
Gioacchino Brandino .... grip: Palermo
Paolo Cafiero .... first assistant camera
Carmine Carelli .... electrician: Palermo
Gianluca Casaretta .... grip: Naples
Daria D'Antonio .... camera operator: second camera
Luca Dell'Oro .... steadicam operator (as Luca Dalloro)
Marcello Falco .... electrician: Naples
Gianni Fiorito .... still photographer
Stefano Fois .... grip: Turin
Marco Francescon .... generator operator
Francesco Galli .... electrician
Giovanni Gebbia .... steadicam operator
Andrea Italia .... additional grip: Turin
Danilo Marcelli .... grip: Rome
Davide Marcone .... additional electrician: Turin
Patrizio Marra .... grip: Rome
Paolo Monetti .... additional electrician: Turin
Marco Montanaro .... grip: Turin
Antonio Petracca .... additional grip: Turin
Giorgio Pezzotti .... grip: Rome
Fabio Policastro .... electrician
Daniel Rizzoni .... electrician: Rome
Mauro Romor .... electrician: Rome
Alessandro Saulini .... chief electrician
Davide Serafini .... electrician: Rome
Alberto Viavattene .... video assist
Luca Bigazzi .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Braconi .... casting assistant
Gianfranco Cazzola .... additional casting: Turin
Gabriella Giannattasio .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Bacci .... dress maker: Rome
Roberta Ciciani .... dress maker: Rome
Amanda Della Rocca .... assistant costume designer
Lidia Isabel Fonseca Vener .... assistant costume designer: Palermo
Gianna Iacobelli .... dress maker
Olga Michalowska .... assistant costume designer
Giovanni Paris .... assistant costume designer: Rome
Elena Pascaniuc .... dress maker: Turin (as Elena Pascaniuc)
Sabrina Salvitti .... dress maker: Rome
 
Editorial Department
Elide Camberini .... color technician
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color supervisor
Fabio Filoni .... editing facility manager
Tommaso Gallone .... backstage editor
Matteo Gherardini .... second assistant editor
Stefano Giovannini .... lab post-production coordinator
Marco Marcacci .... post-production coordinator
Filippo Pichi .... post-production coordinator
Bino Salis .... digital engineer
Galliano Scaramella .... negative
Dario Di Vito .... on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Martina Bertoni .... musician: cello
Luca Bolognesi .... musician: cello
Lina Cardillo .... music administrator
Jim Coleman .... additional music mixer
Anna Collabolletta .... music coordinator
Remy Dault .... musician: viola
Bruna Fantini .... musician: violin
Anthony Fieder .... musician: cello
Alexia Fletcher .... musician: violin
Christophe Hazan .... musician: cello
Valentina Iacoacci .... music administrator
Gregorio Ioli .... musician: violin
Roberta Ioli .... music mixing technician
Lee Leibowitz .... musician: double bass
C.J. McCloud .... musician: viola (as CJ McCloud)
Diego Nardini .... musician: violin
Giacomo Orsi .... musician: violin
Doug Pearce .... musician: double bass
Susan Rosenthal .... musician: viola
Teho Teardo .... musician: bass
Teho Teardo .... musician: electronics
Teho Teardo .... musician: guitar
Teho Teardo .... musician: piano
Teho Teardo .... musician: rhodes
 
Transportation Department
Massimiliano Cedroni .... driver
Carlo Nevola .... driver
 
Other crew
Massimo Accatino .... animal wrangler
Rossella Aterrano .... administrator
Maria Cristina Barberis .... production secretary: Turin
Adriano Bassi .... location manager: Turin
Daniel Berquiny .... animal wrangler
Francesca Brunacci .... representative: Lucky Red
Oriana Buttacavoli .... representative: Babe Films
Mario Castiglione .... production secretary: Palermo
Francesco Chiaccio .... propman: Turin
Chiara Cordaro .... representative: Indigo Film
Giuseppe D'Avanzo .... script consultant
Igor D'India .... crowd marshall: Palermo
Alfredo Ferrentino .... production secretary: Turin
Séverine Fortuné .... representative: Babe Films
Romina Franzini .... representative: Lucky Red
Ignazio Giovacchini .... assistant production secretary: Rome (as Ignazio Umberto Giovacchini)
Alix Gugenheim .... representative: Babe Films
Agathe Hubert .... representative: Babe Films
Giacomo Iuculano .... location manager: Palermo
Thomas Jaeger .... representative: Babe Films
Vincenzo La Gatta .... production secretary: Rome
Andrea Leone .... production runner
Ruben Mazzoleni .... backstage: Turin
Giampaolo Mazzoni .... production secretary: Rome
Rocco Messere .... location manager: Rome
Mirko Mormone .... assistant production secretary: Naples
Fortunata Mosca .... assistant production secretary: Naples
Paolo Nanni .... propman: Turin
Samantha Natalucci .... script supervisor
Luigi Palmulli .... crowd marshall: Rome
Maurizio Porro .... production secretary: Rome
Stefano Prando .... crowd marshall: Turin
Massimo Pusateri .... crowd marshall: Palermo
Riccardo Rosi .... production secretary: Rome
Roberta Serretiello .... backstage
Max Soria .... crowd marshall: Naples
Anna Tramontano .... administrator
Elena Tramontano .... administrator
Massimiliano Tramontano .... administrator
Antonio Valguarnera .... production secretary: Palermo
 
Thanks
Letizia Battaglia .... thanks
Lanfranco Benedetti .... thanks
Carlo Bonini .... the director wishes to thank
Gillian Calori .... thanks
Giovanni Capasso .... thanks (as Ing. Giovanni Capasso)
Salvatore Carella .... thanks
Angela Chirico .... thanks
Gianluca Cima .... thanks
Umberto Contarello .... the director wishes to thank
Claudio Coviello .... thanks
Angelo Curti .... thanks
Fabia D'Andrea .... thanks
Salvatore D'Antonio .... the director wishes to thank
Raffaele Fusco .... thanks
Maurizio Gemma .... thanks
Adriana Giuliano .... thanks
Carla Granata .... thanks
Massimo Hubler .... thanks
Tony Kendall .... thanks (as Luciano Stella)
Emilio Liberati .... thanks
Roberto Liberati .... thanks
Fabio Martucci .... thanks (as Ing. Fabio Martucci)
Arianna Merlo .... thanks
Gennaro Migliore .... the director wishes to thank
Vittorio Mucci .... thanks
Alessandra Pacelli .... thanks
Ugo Polizzi .... thanks
Guendalina Ponti .... thanks
Mario Romano .... thanks
Francesco Rosi .... the director wishes to thank
Tore Sansonetti .... thanks
Daniele Segre .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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"Il divo: La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti" - New Zealand (English title) (festival title)
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The first cut of the movie was 145-minute long.See more »
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Giulio Andreotti:You always find the culprit in crime novels but not always in real life.See more »
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49 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Italy turns a cold eye on itself, 16 May 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Il Divo, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes last year and has recently been released in US movie houses, is a devastatingly ironic and highly stylized portrait of the strange, extraordinarily powerful and long-lived Italian politician Giulio Andreotti. He has been in Italian government in some office or other since the late 1940's. After slipping out of repeated convictions for Mafia ties in the past decade he remains "senator for life" at the age of 90, and he's been credited with helping bring down governments even quite recently.

The ultimate political survivor, Andreotti was seven times prime minister from 1972 to 1992. He's had a seat in the Italian parliament without interruption since 1946, and has also been Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, and President. In Andreotti's own view (though he walked out on the film) his wife of 60 years Livia (Anna Bonaiuto) and his long-serving secretary Vincenza Enea (Piera Degli Esposti), are both sympathetically portrayed in Il Divo. He really didn't like being shown kissing Mafia boss Toto Riina, which he has said never happened. In the film, Andreotti is most haunted by the Red Brigades' murder of the kidnapped of Aldo Moro, which he might have prevented.

Though Sorrentino's film is in some ways a detailed chronicle of Anreotti's 60-plus years of political power and dubious dealings, with a focus on the seventh government and its aftermath, the film seems more an exercise in style than an impassioned study of politics. The self-consciousness of its frequent uses of loud contrasting music, ceremonial, almost Kabuuki-like set pieces, and slow-motion to muffle scenes of violence are further underlined by the performance of Toni Servillo, who accurately, perhaps too accuately, mimics Andreotti's look, his hunched posture, even his oddly turned-down ears, and his puppet-like mannerisms. Staring forward, neck rigid, he keeps his arms close to his body and his hands turned inward and peers expressionlessly out of his big eyeglasses. He walks across the floor in quick tiny steps like some 18th-century Japanese court lady. There is no attempt by director or principal actor to charm or to involve. It seems Sorrentino, with Servillo's diligent collaboration, is laughing not only at Andreotti and at Italian politics, but at us.

Il Divo is soulless and cynical, but it is so stylish that it's bound to be remembered. It's some kind of ultimate statement of the essence of the slick, heavily-guarded world of Italian political corruption. In its own special, magisterially mean-spirited and pessimistic way it's an instant classic.

In this film, Andreotti, who has been referred to as "Il divo Giulio" ("The God Giulio," referencing the Roman Empire's deification of Julius Caesar), and by monikers like "Beelzebub," "The Fox," "The Black Pope," "The Prince of Darkness," and "The Hunchback," is a queer, nerdy, mummified-looking creature who hardly ever changes expression or cracks a smile. His rigid gestures and the odd commentary of his group of primary supporters, themselves all provided with gangster-style nicknames, lead to a series of scenes that suggest politics as caricatural facade, as almost pure ritual, with time out on occasion for jokes, self-pity, and cruelty to others. You won't hear constituents mentioned in this movie, though when somebody says another politician prays to God but he prays to the priest, Andreotti answers: "Priests vote. God doesn't." Politics is everything to him, and politics means the pursuit of power.

For a non-Italian the details of various moments from the Aldo Moro kidnapping and all the terrorism of the Brigate Rosse of the 1970's to the 1990 Mafia trials may be pretty confusing. It's not that the filmmakers don't care; they're primarily talking to an Italian audience. But even for such an audience, they're keeping an ironic distance.

The facade never cracks. In one scene, typically staring straight forward, Andreotti delivers an impassioned speech of self-defense, raising his voice almost to a shout at the end, but without moving a muscle of his face. Servillo is a noted man of the theater in Italy and his whole performance is a chilly tour de force that inspires awe without giving much pleasure. Andreotti in this soliloquy--which highlights the film's often solipsistic feel--argues that a leader must manipulate evil in order to maintain good. This may fit in with the evidence that he collaborated with the Mafia, and yet at times was severe in repressing it.

In life as in this film Andreotti has compensated for what may be the lack of visible humanity by being a wit, and Il Divo crams as many of the famous battute or one-lineers into scenes as it can. One was "the trouble with the Pope is that he doesn't know the Vatican." Another: "They blame me for everything, except the Punic wars." "Signor Andreotti, how do you keep your conscience clean?" he was once asked. "I never use it," he replied. Other bons mots among many: "The trouble with the Red Brigades is they're too serious," and "Power is fatiguing only to those who don't have it." The world of Italian politics is baffling to the outsider. Andreotti's cool detachment and wit and this film's stylized cynicism may be the best approach to its deviousness and complexity.

Last year Servillo also played one of the main characters in Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah, where he's an out-and-out Mafia functionary. Gomorrah won Cannes' number-two award (just below the Golden Palm) the Grand Prize, last year, which given Il Divo's Jury Prize prompted declarations of a rebirth of Italian cinema in the making. Non-Italians like Mafia movies; Italians are sick of them, and might have wished for patriotic reasons that their best filmmakers had won applause by turning to some other subject matter. Both these films are cold, detached, and analytical. Maybe they mean Italians are getting serious about their own film industry and want to look the country's ugliest aspects right in the eye. But don't look for hope here. A great cinema requires more humanity than this.

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