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Mussolini and I (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | War  -  8 September 1985 (USA)
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A compelling drama/documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce himself, from his days as a terrorist to his alliance with Hitler to the betrayal of his son-in-law and untimely demise.

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Felicitas Beetz
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A compelling drama/documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce himself, from his days as a terrorist to his alliance with Hitler to the betrayal of his son-in-law and untimely demise.

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Detested by his people. Defied by his family. Destined to failure.

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Biography | Drama | War

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Goofs

Italian Foreign Minister Ciano incorrectly addresses his German counterpart as 'Baron von Ribbentrop' at the dinner party near the beginning of the movie. German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop held no aristocratic title. See more »

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Referenced in Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) See more »

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A lot to get through...
7 May 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this on a commercial TV movie channel, in two parts. The intervening adverts, seemingly endless, inevitably chopped up the film so much that it spoiled the experience for me.

With an incredible cast - Bob Hoskins surprisingly effective as the surly Mussolini, Anthony Hopkins as Count Galeazzo Cianno and Susan Sarandon as Cianno's wife and daughter of Mussolini, this should have been an incredible epic that everybody would now have seen.

I'm no expert on Italian history and this history lesson was interesting but not compelling enough, for me - not for 4 hours, at least. The 4:3 screen ratio cried out for huge TV widescreen and it remained a rather dingy looking TV movie from start to end. There were some good set pieces, particularly toward the end but I have an overwhelming recollection of long discussions in state rooms.

It may be worthwhile buying the DVD to eliminate the pesky ad breaks and to re-watch, as there is so much going on and one is slightly overawed by the great cast that it would benefit from a repeat. If one had the extra incentive of wanting to know more about the subject, then that is more of a reason but for most and bearing in mind the current price, I wouldn't say that it is worth it. Though, if you have the requisite TV package and it comes on again, then, yes, go for it.


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