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This seven hour mini-series is based on the memories of Vittorio Mussolini, the oldest son of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The film opens in 1922 as Mussolini gathers his power through the use of his Black Shirt militia. Promoting himself as Caesar reincarnate, Il Duce gains a national fervor that peaks after the Italian invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1935. In 1938, Mussolini attempted to promote peace at a Munich conference. Nonetheless he aligned himself with Hitler and drew his country into World War II. Of course, this led to his country's downfall and his total dishonor. Written by
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This Is A Five & a Half Hour Program and Not Seven
Although it says here it is a seven hour title, I disagree. I recorded the series when it was broadcast in 1985/6, in the USA on a Betamax system, and it was five and half hours long.
I also recorded it in 1989 here in the UK on a VHS system.
The DVD is exactly the same running time today and is exactly the same program scene by scene.
Unless it was drastically cut by one and half hours before it was originally broadcast,I cannot see how it was seven hours long.
All three programs are exactly the same running length.
This does not detract from the program which I think is an excellent portrayal of a man who was corrupt, immoral, and blinded by his own power and ideology.
The acting by George C Scott and Raul Julia is superb,who demonstrate the differences between the two men.
Although not always historically accurate, it does provoke thought about WWII not just from the usual UK/USA & Germany angle, but to the situation in Italy which was still only a country 50 years old and full of conflict after the results of the 1st world war.
I would recommend this to any person interested in a different aspect to troubled period.
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