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Call girls at the Colosseum for Sorrentino’s Berlusconi biopic

Paolo Sorrentino (left) at the opening-night premiere of ‘The Great Beauty’ with fellow director Bernardo Bertolucci at Cinema Italian Style 2013 at the Egyptian Theatre November 14, 2013, in Hollywood, Los Angeles. — Reuters picPaolo Sorrentino (left) at the opening-night premiere of ‘The Great Beauty’ with fellow director Bernardo Bertolucci at Cinema Italian Style 2013 at the Egyptian Theatre November 14, 2013, in Hollywood, Los Angeles. — Reuters picROME, Aug 24 — Buxom girls in mini-skirts and stilettos career through Rome towards the party of their lives: filming the mad rush is Italy's Paolo Sorrentino, the director behind a hotly-awaited biopic on Silvio Berlusconi.

The flick is expected to delve into the private life of the former prime minister, from his famous Bunga Bunga erotic dinners with call girls, to his divorce from his second wife Veronica Lario.

The sight of Sorrentino, best known for hs Oscar-winning film The Great Beauty and the cult television series The Young Pope starring Jude Law, drew crowds of excited tourists, Italian media said today.

The film has the working title Loro which means "them" and refers to the billionaire media magnate and his entourage -- as well as evoking the word "l'oro" meaning "gold", the reports said.

The first scenes were shot after sundown along the imperial forums and around the Colosseum gladiator ground.

Berlusconi, 80, will be played by Sorrentino favourite Toni Servillo, who starred in The Great Beauty as well as the director's 2008 biopic Il Divo, about another former Italian prime minister.

Gianpaolo Tarantini, the man accused of having supplied the self-proclaimed Latin Lover with prostitutes, will be played by Italy’s Riccardo Scamarcio.

Berlusconi is only too happy to have a film made about his life by one of Italy's most revered direct  — AFP

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