toni-servillo-nel-ruolo-di-giulio-andreotti-in-una-scena-del-film-il-divo-60601You think Italian politics are nutty now.

Well, check out Il Divo at the Landmark Theater in Midtown Atlanta.

Giulio Andreotti could be a character out of a Fellini film, but he’s the real thing. This besmirched but irrepressible former Italian prime minister, who was still a power figure in his 90s despite accusations of corruption, murder and Mafia ties, felt no need to make confessions. Instead, he merely shrugged as his enemies stewed.

Paolo Sorrentino’s film (playing this week at the Landmark) takes the if-you-can’t-beat-’em-celebrate-’em approach to Andreotti’s long but checkered career.

Don’t worry about the details of Andreotti’s reign or trying to follow the politics involved. Simply know that “Il Divo” is a frisky, unapologetic portrait of the politician as a scoundrel. Part Richard Nixon, part Don Corleone, Andreotti (expertly played by Toni Servillo),  eventually comes off as a tragic figure.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater

Eleanor Ringel Cater

Eleanor Ringel Cater, long-time movie critic for The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, also has been a regular contributor to CNN, MSNBC, Entertainment Weekly, Headline News and WXIA, Atlanta's NBC affiliate, and a columnist for TV Guide.