Sorrentino's Berlusconi biopic has Rome in a buzz

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Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi this year will also be appealing his prostitution and abuse of power convictions, as well as one for leaking a confidential police wiretap in an attempt to damage a centre-left political rival.

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi this year will also be appealing his prostitution and abuse of power convictions, as well as one for leaking a confidential police wiretap in an attempt to damage a centre-left political rival.

ROME - 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 sex workers to his divorce from his second wife Veronica Lario.

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The sight of Sorrentino, best known for his 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 Thursday.

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 sex workers, 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 directors, to whom he opened up his luxury villas in Sardinia and Milan, according to the Messaggero daily.