With Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti.
Italy, 2008, 35mm, color, 110 min.
Italian with English subtitles.
Paolo Sorrentino joins Matteo Garrone as one of the most high profile New Neaopolitan directors, but his highly stylized expressionism stands in stark contrast to his countryman's modern neorealism. While addressing real social and political concerns, Sorrentino transforms the mundane into the fantastic. Il Divo, his fifth feature, chronicles the later years of Giulio Andreotti, the seven-time Prime Minister infamously steeped in corruption, accused of controlling a vast neo-fascist conspiracy involving the Mafia and the Vatican, and of ordering the assassinations of judges, journalists, and anyone else in the way, earning him the nicknames "Beelzebub" and "The Black Pope." Sorrentino brings energy and excess to both the gangsterism and the legislative deliberations, infusing every frame with a psychedelic visual imagination rarely brought to bear on the political thriller genre.