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Release Date:
20 May 2009 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino. | Full synopsis »
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41 wins & 29 nominations See more »
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Mussolini's fascism as seen by a wronged woman See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... Ida Dalser

Filippo Timi ... Benito Mussolini / Benito Albino adulto

Fausto Russo Alesi ... Riccardo Paicher
Michela Cescon ... Rachele Mussolini
Pier Giorgio Bellocchio ... Pietro Fedele

Corrado Invernizzi ... Dottor Cappelletti
Paolo Pierobon ... Giulio Bernardi
Bruno Cariello ... Giudice

Francesca Picozza ... Adelina Dalser
Simona Nobili ... Madre Superiora
Vanessa Scalera ... Suora Misericordiosa
Giovanna Mori ... Tedesca
Patrizia Bettini ... Cantante
Silvia Ferretti ... Scarpette rosse
Corinne Castelli ... Lacrime
Giovanni Vettorazzo ... Poliziotto di guardia
Giorgio Santomaso ... Secondo poliziotto di guardia
Fabrizio Costella ... Il piccolo Benito Albino
Anna Bianchi ... Suora San Clemente
Alberto Cracco ... Questore Montanari
Marco Spiga ... Commissario
Alberto Bellocchio ... Presidente assemblea
Letizia Bellocchio ... Suora Pergine
Maria Luisa Bellocchio ... Suora Pergine
Rossana Mortara ... Suora Moncalieri
Gianni Schicchi ... Garibaldino
Giuseppe Marchese ... Prete
Mario Patanè ... Re
Aurora Peres ... Infermiera Pergine
Gilda Postiglione Turco ... Seconda suora Moncalieri (as Gilda Postiglione)
Elena Presti ... Futurista
Cesare Scova ... Direttore Pergine
Rodolfo Tabasso ... Dottore Pergine

Matteo Mussoni ... Giovane medico Pergine
Paolo Paolini ... Medico questura giovane
Michele Chiadò ... Medico questura anziano
Tito Tomassini ... Claudio
Laura Saito ... Edda
Carlo Crivelli ... Fisarmonicista
Luca Brancaleon ... Musicista
Enrico Ciprì ... Pianista laguna Venezia
Antonino Riolo ... Pianista cinema Milano
Alberto Magagni ... Musicista
Giampiero Montalti ... Violinista
Fulvio Oberto ... Tenore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Federico Bava ... Fedelissimo di Mussolini
Paola Crova ... A crazy woman in prison
Franco Moscon ... Gerarca Fascista

Jackie Coogan ... The Kid in 'The Kid' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Marco Bellocchio 
 
Writing credits
Marco Bellocchio (story)

Marco Bellocchio (screenplay) &
Daniela Ceselli (screenplay)

Produced by
Christian Baute .... associate producer
Mario Gianani .... producer
Hengameh Panahi .... associate producer
Olivia Sleiter .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carlo Crivelli 
 
Cinematography by
Daniele Ciprì 
 
Film Editing by
Francesca Calvelli 
 
Casting by
Stefania De Santis 
 
Production Design by
Marco Dentici 
 
Art Direction by
Briseide Siciliano 
 
Set Decoration by
Laura Casalini 
 
Costume Design by
Sergio Ballo 
 
Makeup Department
Francesca Buffarello .... makeup artist
Franco Corridoni .... key makeup artist
Patrizia Corridoni .... hair stylist
Alberta Giuliani .... key hair stylist
Francesco Nardi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pier Giorgio Bellocchio .... unit manager
Lilia Cioccarelli .... production manager
Daniele Esposito .... unit manager
Danilo Goglio .... unit manager
Irma Misantoni .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paolo Bartoli .... second assistant director
Federica Cinquepalmi .... third assistant director
Edoardo Petti .... second assistant director
Francesca Polic Greco .... first assistant director
Stefano Prando .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Marco Ruggieri .... digital artist
Annalisa Andriani .... art department assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gianluca Basili .... sound effects editor
Sergio Basili .... foley artist
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Gaetano Carito .... sound
Emanuela Di Giunta .... sound editor
Pierpaolo Merafino .... boom operator
Brando Mosca .... additional sound mixer
Antonio Tirinelli .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Massimiliano Bianchi .... special effects technician
Pasquale Catalano .... key special effects technician
Massimo Ciaraglia .... special effects technician
Paolo Galiano .... weapons
Andrea Luciani .... special effects technician
Fabio Traversari .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Amedeo Califano .... compositor
Stefano Camberini .... digital restoration artist
Massimo Cipollina .... visual effects
Christian Gazzi .... digital color grading
Marco Geracitano .... digital compositor: Visualogie
Fabio Luongo .... senior compositor: Visualogie
Stefano Marinoni .... visual effects supervisor
Federica Nisi .... visual effects coordinator
Paola Trisoglio .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
David Ambrosi .... stunt coordinator
Mauro Aversano .... stunts
Massimiliano Catasta .... stunts
Alberto Di Candia .... stunts
Riccardo Mioni .... stunts
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunts
Alessandro Novelli .... stunts
Marco Pancrazi .... stunts
Catia Pasqualoni .... stunts
Gabriele Ragusa .... stunt performer
Tito Tomassini .... sword master
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicola Benazzo .... first assistant camera "b" camera
Matteo Carlesimo .... camera operator/steadicam operator
Pietro Cusimano .... second assistant camera
Stefano Fenocchi .... assistant camera
Alessio Federico Fugolo .... grip
Marcostavros Maggi .... first assistant camera
Fabrizio Mastrizzi .... video assist
Gianfranco Mura .... still photographer
Daniele Musso .... still photographer
Giacomo Zampieri .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Stefania De Santis .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ilaria Magini .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Claudio Misantoni .... first assistant editor
Irma Misantoni .... post-production coordinator
 
Other crew
Pietro Allazetta .... production assistant
Francesco Beltrame .... location manager: Torino
Fabrizio Cerato .... location scout
Giuliana Claudione .... cashier
Lucille Cristaldi .... script supervisor
Deborah De Furia .... story editor
Stefania De Santis .... acting coach
Diana Dell'Erba .... body double: Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Franco Guglielmino .... production assistant
Alessandro Luzi .... cashier
Daniele Manca .... production assistant
Fabio Mastrogiacomo .... runner
Mauro Monachini .... financial consultant
Daniele Morini .... production secretary
Livia Pastorelli .... accountant
Rosanna Patrizi .... production accountant
Salvatore Ricciardi .... conform supervisor
Giorgio Santomaso .... location manager
Adriana Noviello .... archive footage scanning: Cineteca di Bologna (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
128 min | France:118 min (cut) | Luxembourg:118 min (cut) | Belgium:118 min (cut) | USA:121 min (cut)
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Trivia:
Most Italians had no idea that Mussolini had a first wife and child until a documentary broke the story on TV in 2005.See more »
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Features The Warrior (1917)See more »
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Inno di Garibaldi (Va' fuori d'Italia, va' fuori stranier)See more »

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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Mussolini's fascism as seen by a wronged woman, 23 September 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Six years after his intimate reimagining of the Aldo Moro kidnapping that rocked Italy in the Seventies in 'Buongiorno, notte,' Bellocchio has made another haunting and even more sweeping and iconic historical film. 'Vincere' is about Benito Mussolini's secret first wife and son, who were hidden away and both died in insane asylums. 'Vincere' depicts a strange, distorted period in Italian history, and skillfully melds stock footage with recreations, black and white with color (rich in reds, alternating with ashen grays), public tumult with private torment. Visually lush and full of chiaroscuro, 'Vincere is also a showcase for the talents of Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Ida Dalzer, the woman who met Benito Mussolini when he was the editor of Avanti, an ardent Socialist with strong populist, anti-monarchical, anti-clerical views, who dramatically dares God, if He exists, to strike him down.

Opening sequences alternate between 1907 when Ida first meets Mussolini (Filippo Timi) in Trent, and 1914 in Milan. She is a respectable middle-class woman with a beauty salon. On the eve of WWI, he shifts from pacifist liberal to pro-war rightist. Deathly afraid of ending in mediocrity, he is ravenous for power. Ida intensely supports him whatever his direction, and sells all her possessions, including jewels, furniture, and her business, to support his newspaper. This leads to the founding of the paper "Il Popolo d'Italia," which becomes a fascist rallying-point. The film makes clear that she is madly in love but never mad. It also makes clear that though he declares his love of her and fathers a son named Benito, born just before he goes off to the front, whom he acknowledges, and they evidently marry, he keeps a certain distance.

In WWI Mussolini is wounded in the army and is pleased to be congratulated by the king. When Ida finds him he is being tended in hospital by a new lover, a woman named Rachele (Michela Cescon). This is the last time Ida sees him in person.

As Mussolini rises to power and becomes the dictator known as "Il Duce," linking himself with the ancient Roman emperors and dreaming of world domination, Ida is more and more kept away from him, and appears as a figure on the outskirts of power, at the center only of sporadic and operatic encounters during which she pleads for recognition and attention, only to be swept aside. She has a marriage certificate but it becomes lost. All her papers are taken. Mussolini remains with Rachele, is married to her, and fathers children by her. He conceals that he was married to Ida.

Ida, who calls herself Ida Mussolini and her son Benito or Benitino Albino Mussolini, is a woman obsessed, whom others urge to move on, but will not give up her pursuit of her idol and the man she believes to be the love of her life. For a while she is put under a kind of house arrest with her sister, then confined in one insane asylum and then another, while her son is taken away and sent to boarding school. She writes letters of protest to everyone, including the king and the pope; this of course only makes her seem crazy, but in a hearing it's evident that she is tragically obsessed, but lucid, and in fact she is never declared insane. A psychiatrist (Corrado Invernizzi) vows to help her, but she is taken elsewhere before he can do so.

The film is rife with operatic passages featuring bright lights, dark shadows, violent storms and heavy rainfall, and yet retains its own kind of lucidity; it's clear that the country and not Ida is mad, and Il Duce is the head madman. The most haunting scene shows an actual speech by Mussolini at the height of his power in which the gestures and facial contortions are not only ugly and strange but unmistakably those of a dangerous madman. Cut to the now grown son of Ida, doing an imitation of Mussolini's speechifying and himself appearing genuinely deranged. Records show both mother and son received treatments that were akin to torture, and Ida was incarcerated for eleven years. The son died at the age of 26; Ida Dalser died at 57, 30 years after she first met Mussolini Italy's eventual fascist dictator.

Since the film's protagonist is on the periphery, it makes sense that eventually we know Mussolini only through the newsreels she occasionally sees, which are brilliantly integrated into the film; it's hard to convey how striking and integral these images are. There are also haunting still portraits of Ida, showing her at progressive stages of suffering. The film's sense of pictorialism is augmented by a sense of the visual language of the period, heightened by a scene in which Mussolini is introduced to the Italian Futurists and their paintings, and excellent use is made of Futurist and Fascist graphic design and fonts. The sound track is powerful but muted.

The film in fact is most satisfying visually, and despite Giovanna Mezzogiorno's dedication to her performance as the independent yet long-suffering woman, there is a lack of three-dimensionality in the characterizations: the figures are monumental but not quite human. The focus becomes a bit distant even on Ida as her torments increase, and there is nothing about the private life of Il Duce. Finally there is not the intimacy Bellocchio achieved in 'Good Morning, Night,' except in the first intimate scenes between the young (still hairy) Benito and Ida. Nonetheless, the effect of the whole film is both sick-making and scary.

Though Bellocchio's style here is operatic, it's a swift-moving, elegant, contemporary kind of opera, and it works.

An IFC film, 'Vincere' was nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes and was also shown at Telluride, and Toronto. I saw it at a preview screening of the New York Film Festival.

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