Paolo Sorrentino directs Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto and Giulio Bosetti in this character study of corrupt Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
Cold and compelling central performance from Servillo. I don’t really know enough about Italian politics to follow all the characters we are introduced to but their abundance and grim fates at least let’s us know just how vast this corruption was. Information overload but how else do you tell a tale where one man’s grasp on every corner of the Italian system was so total. As you’d expect from Sorrentino, the movie looks like great art, there are moments of magical realism that really shake you. The soundtrack is particularly devilish, the montage where we are introduced to Andreotti’s inner circle is scored to a distant whistle and sounds ominous as fuck.
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