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9 May 1975 (UK) See more »
Robert Hardy and Helen Mirren star as Benito Mussolini and his lover Claretta Petacci in this dramatization of their last night together... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Helen Mirren ... Claretta Petacci

Robert Hardy ... Benito Mussolini
Robin Scobey ... Pedro
Gary McDermott ... Neri (as Garry McDermott)
Nick Llewellyn ... Lino
Stephen Tate ... Cantoni
Gina Manicom ... Lia

Oliver Cotton ... Giacomo
Donald Webster ... Valerio
Maurice Badi ... Boy 1
Paul Tropea ... Boy 2

Directed by
Claude Whatham 
Writing credits
Jack Russell (by)

Produced by
Rosemary Hill .... producer
Production Design by
Allan Anson 
Costume Design by
Kenneth Morey  (as Ken Morey)
Makeup Department
Deanne Turner .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Ray Angel .... sound (as Raymund Angel)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nigel Wright .... lighting
Other crew
Frank Hatherley .... script editor
Maureen Moore .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
a two-hander tour de force, 19 October 2009
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

'Caesar and Claretta' dramatises the last few hours in the lives of Benito Mussolini (El Duce, played by Robert Hardy) and his mistress Claretta (played by Helen Mirren).

With a short running time and a sparkling script by Jack Russell, this play zips along giving voice to these characters from history, from their capture and move to a safe house, to their eventual removal and murder. The play uses newsreels to set the scene before we see Mussolini, face obscured and silent, ushered into the house where he will spend his last hours with Claretta.

A minor piece but beautifully acted especially by Mirren, at this point at the start of her television career.

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