Runtime : 128 min
Genre : Biography | Drama | History
Movie release : 20 May 2009 (Italy)
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Writers: Marco Bellocchio (story), Marco Bellocchio (screenplay).
Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi
Country: Italy | France
Language: Italian | German
The story of Mussolini’s secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.
If the film-writer wanted to emphasize WHY the young Mussolini hated the church, he did a great job. The church’s role in backing the power-mad dictator is demonstrated again and again. The movie shows his wife as clear-minded, yet her actions even after the priest has cautioned her on how to ‘act’ and appear to submit, indicate a crazed woman who can’t believe that her actions are hopeless in the light of the corrupt country that Italy has become. there are many parallels to the United States here, as our country becomes increasingly an oligarchy, ruled by corporations with few in Congress not bought by their bribes.
Makes you wonder if speaking out does any good in such a hypocritical, ignorant time in which the T-Partiers, not realizing they embody the rants of Mussolini, speak to the low-esteem, the animalistic urges of the masses. This was a fantastic movie and I was amazed that there were so few in the audience, though not amazed that it appeared at our art movie houses here in Boston (the West Newton’s adjunct, the Arlington’s Capitol).
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