The story starts at the point in Benito Mussolini's life when, at the age of nineteen, he gave up being a schoolmaster, left his home town of Forli and, as a guest worker on a building-site... See full summary »
Ana is an equestrian sharpshooter for a one ring circus in Madrid for a week. Marcos is a reporter doing a Sunday supplement piece. He interviews her and she invites him to dinner with the ... See full summary »
In the post Spanish civil war years, Catalan kids would sit in circles among the ruins and tell stories, known as "aventis" (the film's original title in Catalan, its original language). ... See full summary »
Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the ... See full summary »
1935. A group of elderly British women, who the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British sensibilities ... See full summary »
Diana is happily married to Paolo, but due to her wild passion for sex, she regularly winds up in short lived erotic adventures. She doesn't hide from Paolo, in contrast, she tells him, in order to add fresh impulses in their own sex life.
7 episodes which tell about Italy during the nineties. Two newly elected MPs from different parties have an affair, two newly weds' temptations during their first night on their honeymoon, ... See full summary »
The story starts at the point in Benito Mussolini's life when, at the age of nineteen, he gave up being a schoolmaster, left his home town of Forli and, as a guest worker on a building-site in Lausanne, Switzerland, underwent his own personal experience of the darker sides of the capitalist system. The speed with which the rhetorically gifted demagogue manages to assemble whole crowds of friends and followers around him - including above all his "protectress", the enigmatic Russian woman Angelika - is reflected in the speed at which he succeeds in attracting enemies from church and state. His love for the beautiful Eleonora, the daughter of a middle-class family, studying medicine at the University of Geneva - a city where Mussolini himself has been carrying stone around as an unskilled worker - even convinces him to take up studying. When a fatal accident occurs on the building-site - a worker plunges to his death from a badly-secured section of scaffolding - the young student ... Written by
A Surprising Slice of Italian History: Lavishly Produced, Splendidly Acted
From the U.S. title given on most copies of this Italian production, one sees "The Rise and Fall of Mussolini," intimating that this long series takes us well into World War II and the country's turning on the man they held in high esteem for a short while.
Well, surprise, folks--there's no "Fall" in the 308 minute history lesson, and the man we meet is a vital, young Socialist who earns the respect of his people by standing up for what he believes. Not knowing this before I watched it, I kept expecting to see Banderas somehow evolve into the stereotyped Mussolini most of us know from either experience or history books, but that doesn't happen--the film, which is a literate, well-produced and intelligent biopic, ends in 191--long, long before World War II.
Some critics complain about the English dubbing--solution: watch it in Italian and add the excellent English subtitles! If you're looking for war action, this ain't it--but if you want to see Banderas and a competent Italian cast devote themselves to some fascinating, little-known history and an immersion in political theory--this is a good choice!
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