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Brilliantly told story of Italian corruption

Cinema Il Divo Directed by Paolo Sorrentino Selected cinemas, cert 15A Rating: ***** Duplicity Directed by Tony Gilroy Nationwide, cert 12A Rating: *** Lesbian Vampire Killers Directed by Phil Claydon Nationwide, cert 16 Rating: *

21st March, 2009

For his fourth feature film, director Paolo Sorrentino crafts a dazzling and damning biopic of disgraced former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, the seven-time premier whose reputation was destroyed by allegations of mafia involvement, political assassination and financial corruption.

After a long, information-heavy series of title cards, Sorrentino introduces the subject of Il Divo in a long, slow tracking shot that gradually fills the frame with Andreotti’s face, dotted with acupuncture needles, his tiny black...

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