The raucous Bagaglino theatrical company tackles the dark intrigues of power
A scathing satire, which takes us on a light-hearted, shrewd and bitter journey into the sick heart of a country
The P2 Masonic Lodge was declared illegal by State Law in January 1982: under the leadership of Licio Gelli, it had woven a dark and powerful network, with the aim of conquering strategic mechanisms of national power and directing the country towards a more authoritarian form of governance. Pier Francesco Pingitore, the founder of the highly successful and long-running satirical Bagaglino theatrical company, here takes a look at the P2 scandal. It doesn’t require much insight to understand who inspired the main characters: Licio Belli, Prime Minister Forlotti (a combination of Forlani and Andreotti, the two most important Christian Democrat politicians at the time), a shady banker named Salvi in place of Roberto Calvi. The light-hearted tone of the film is tinged with a bitter aftertaste, as we are accompanied into the sick heart of a nation, with the awareness than not even the loudest laughs will be enough for redemption. Oreste Lionello, perfect in the unpleasant role of the venerable Licio, stands out from the close-knit and raucous cast.
Shady businessman Licio Belli, the leader of the P2 Masonic Lodge, meets a poor fellow who looks identical to Prime Minister Forlotti. He decides to use the doppelgänger in his sinister play for power. Between fraudulent contracts, blackmail and attacks, the long hand of Licio appears destined to take the country hostage, until the investigations of a policeman cause the scandal to break. But will anything really change?