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Vincere -- The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.
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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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Extremely good. Historical dramas don't get any better. 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

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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Soundtrack:
Inno di Garibaldi (Va' fuori d'Italia, va' fuori stranier)See more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Extremely good. Historical dramas don't get any better., 5 August 2010
Author: Metal Angel Ehrler from Honduras

I just love allegories. I love the way so much imagination is poured into the re-telling of a story via new material. We all know our history, so we know about Benito Mussolini, Il Duce, and his reign of Fascism over Italy. But we don't know about the adulterous relationship he had with a certain Ida Dalser, who gave birth to his child and who Mussolini, in his unforgivable cold-bloodedness, calmly strived to strip apart. That's what Marco Bellocchio's new film, "Vincere", is all about: it's a historical drama about the woman Mussolini tried so hard to ruin after economically and sexually using her...and it's also a sublime allegory of how he used all of Italy.

Critics worldwide have seen the genius behind portraying Mussolini's reign of terror as a headstrong but powerless woman. Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) instantly falls under the spell of a young, handsome Mussolini (Filippo Timi). Italy is only beginning to experience the first waves of Socialism, and among those first to rebel against the government is this young man who has a certain power with words; in a scene where he runs away from the police for being involved in a riot, he shields himself behind the curious Ida who stepped out for a look, and passionately kisses her. I mean, Benito is a good kisser, or so he seems to be, because Ida melts in utter passion in his arms while he kisses her and he...well, he's a really good actor too, for he can focus his strength on this steamy kiss at the same time that his full concentration and awareness are scrutinizing the area to see if the police are gone. Sure enough, once they're gone he pushes Ida away and runs without so much as a half-hearted smile...but the kiss was enough for Ida to fall mercilessly in love with him.

In a matter of days, she's stalking him, getting into his fights and showing him glimpses of her crotch which get our all-too human Benito hot for her. The first twenty-something minutes of the film our two main characters spend passionately and intensely going at it. Well, Ida does the passionate part and Mussolini, as I've said before, is a really good actor; while Ida spends her every second in a sexual Nirvana, he is all steam but his stare is distant, serious, no doubt thinking about anything else but the woman coming in his arms. Ida's obsession with the dude takes her as far as selling almost all of her things and giving him all the money so he can establish his own Socialist newspaper. Notice the incredibly sarcastic scene where Ida finally asks Benito to tell her 'I love you.' Mussolini, who at this point of the film hasn't gotten over his hate for Germans, plainly answers 'Ich liebe dich.' But this is an allegory, so here's where the plot thickens. Mussolini just happens to be married, Ida finds out, but he can't move himself to even let her go properly because he's becoming really powerful so he doesn't need her anymore. Ida gives birth to his child, but he couldn't care less. Ida's obsession is so deep, though, that she really starts pestering Benito every living moment she has...and by the time Benito is a 9-year old boy, Ida spills the cup and our villainous dictator sends her to an insane asylum and gives the custody of her son to one of his right-hand men. From here on, it's chaos...both in Italy and on our tragic heroine's life. Just as a side note, the film claims to be based on true events; obviously, the rise of Fascism in Italy IS a true event, but I can't vouch for the verisimilitude of Mussolini's secret lover. I'm ready to believe it, though, because he was such a horrid man that he must've done to thousands of women the very same thing he did to Ida. And not only women: I mean, didn't he screw up millions of people's lives by using them? The film brings the suffering of an entire war-torn country into a very intelligent perspective by allegorizing it into the character of Ida Dalser, and that's more than can be said by any recent historical drama.

Sounds good, doesn't it? The acting is pitch-perfect, especially Mezzogiorno who redeems herself for her atrocious main performance in Mike Newell's "Love in the Time of Cholera" and manages to give us a heart-breaking, poignant, sublime and VERY powerful performance (I wonder why she didn't get an Oscar nod? Academy voters must've definitely been high). We see a woman who has no chance of survival, who'll never see her son again, whose life has been ruined by Italy's most powerful man, but her strength and courage stand true to the very last. The screenplay is VERY good, actually; Carlo Crivelli's score is one of the best scores I've heard in a long time (which sounds like a perfect cross between Philip Glass and Dario Marianelli) and Marco Dentici's cinematography couldn't possibly be better. Also, the film never lags, and it touches on so many levels of human suffering and cruelty, that you can't help but me moved to deeper thought. What more can you ask of a film? See it. Italy has outdone itself this year with such an excellent film. No one in their right minds could possibly be disappointed. Rating: 4 stars out of 4!!

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