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Giorgio Perlasca was an Italian cattle dealer who was sympathetic to the fascist cause until September 8, 1943. Perlasca was in Budapest, Hungary, on a business trip when he had the opportunity to see Jews were being treated.
It is the real story of Giorgio Perlasca (Luca Zingaretti). During the 1920s he was an Italian Fascist supporter, fighting in Africa an in the Spanish civil war where he deserved a safe conduct for Spanish embassies. After some years, disillusioned by fascism, he is a fresh supplier for the Italian army. In the war years he is in Budapest for his business. He lives an easy life there, well introduced into the Hungarian high society, without any problem coming from the war situation. When the Nazi occupied Hungary, in 1944, instead to leave (Italy had already surrendered to the Allies) he escaped to the Spanish embassy in Budapest using his old safe conduct and becoming a Spanish citizen, changing name into Jorge Perlasca. He starts working as a diplomat here. When Sanz Briz (Geza Tordy), the Spanish consul, is removed, Perlasca immediately substitutes him, like if he was officially appointed from Spanish authorities. All the Nazi, the Hungarian authorities believe him. In his new fake... Written by
Perlasca.Un eroe italiano (2002) tells about Giorgio Perlasca, a man who once lived and did something most people were afraid to do or just didn't care.He saved many Hungarian Jews from concentration camp in 1944.He did care and actually do something while the rest of the world stood still and did nothing.Luca Zingaretti gives a strong performance in this Alberto Negrin's TV movie.This movie awakes feelings of anger and despair in you.It's hard to hold your tears.When you see a scene where the mass execution takes place you are at the same time very sad and very angry.Why did all this have to happen? Why couldn't anybody get Hitler killed? Why couldn't there have been more people like Perlasca? The original title means An Italian Hero.That's what Giorgio Perlasca was; a hero.
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