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Il Divo at Cinematheque and Guarino's in Little Italy

From: Bill J.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 8:24 PM
if you missed our meetup last week for ?away we go? followed by dinner at lockkeepers in valley view, you really missed something. restaurant manager brian woehrman provided a real treat for our group. our table was loaded with what seemed to be unending plates of appetizers: shrimp, crab cakes, mussels, tuna tartaro, and sausage stuffed peppers - all complementary. amazing! the lockkeepers entr?es were equally excellent!

i need to remember that this is a film group and not a food group. but, we have another special treat in store for those attending the after-party at guarino?s in little italy following ?il divo? @ cinematheque on friday, july 24th. owner and chief nancy phillips has promised to create a special complementary desert treat for us after dinner. it will be chef?s choice and her way of thanking us for returning to guarino?s.

weather permitting, we?ll be seated in guarino?s beautiful italian garden for the perfect after party.

no, it?s not the popular simon cowell music group il divo playing in town this week, it?s an italian film that rates a 89 percent on the infamous tomatometer.

as a primer to modern italian politics, ?il divo? is like touring the subject in a candy-apple red ferrari. you might not learn much, but you will remember the experience. at once hyperbolic and incredibly restrained, the narrative follows closely the day-to-day habits of a wicked politician who glides through the marbled corridors of power as if he were a ghost whose diabolical deeds are at all times invisible. does that sound familiar? ?il divo? (a masculine counterpart to diva) chronicles the career of seven-time italian prime minister giulio andreotti, not andretti.

the los angeles times said, ?one of two breakthrough italian films (the other was "gomorrah") to receive prizes at cannes last year, "il divo" comes by its intricacy honestly. it deals with what's been called "the fiendish complexities of postwar italian politics," and it throws more names at you than the naples phone book. but there's only one you need to remember, one man you can't forget, and that's giulio andreotti.

seven times italy's prime minister, made senator for life in 1991 and still active at age 90, andreotti is best understood by his nicknames: the sphinx, the hunchback, the black pope. enigmatic and inscrutable, his country's most powerful and feared politician for more than 50 years, andreotti is as controversial as only someone who understands power to the nth degree can be.

join us for a memorable film and what promises to be a wonderful dinner.


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