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Vincere -- The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.
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Marco Bellocchio (story)
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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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Heart-breaking and inspiring 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)
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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:
It was one of the five Italian films pre-selected as the Best Foreign Film submission for the 82nd Academy Awards, along with Baarìa (2009), Fortapàsc (2009), The Big Dream (2009) and We Can Do That (2008).See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Heart-breaking and inspiring, 25 August 2011
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

When beauty-salon owner Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzorgiorno) has a chance encounter with the young Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timi), she becomes enamoured by him. They cross paths a number of times - one at a political rally where Mussolini challenges God to strike him down if he truly exists; the other she sees him pass her store leading a mob of political activists; and again as he is escaping the authorities, when they share their first kiss. Attracted to his enormous power and political ideals, she sells everything she owns in order to fund his new political magazine. They get married, and he gives her a son. But when he returns from World War I, he marries another women, and his political status vastly grows. Mussolini denies knowing her and puts her under surveillance. When Ida refuses to deny their marriage, she is committed to a mental hospital and all documentation of their marriage is destroyed.

Only unearthed in 2005 by Italian journalist Marco Zeni, this is a fascinating story that was, for years, suppressed by the fascist regime. Both the story and the film is a terrifying portrayal of a country under a ruthless dictator in a turbulent time in Europe. It is not actually known if the story is even true, as all evidence was destroyed by Mussolini's agents. But as well as Ida's stubborn refusal to deny it, their grown son, Benito Albino Mussolini, always spoke out how he was the 'bastard' son of the dictator, and was also placed in a mental asylum. He spoke out until his tragic death at the age of 26. He is portrayed in the film (also played by Timi) at first imitating Mussolini at the insistence of his friends, and then later manically quoting lines from his speeches as he wanders open-robed around the hospital.

The film is a great story that is magnificently acted, beautifully filmed, and unconventionally directed by Marco Bellocchio. Words fly out of the screen shouting 'war!', strange women gaze into the camera whose identity we don't find out until much later in the film, and the film sometimes jumps forward years while only hinting at the events that have taken place in between. It's a brave and worthwhile decision, and although it does slide into a more conventional genre picture near to the end, it remains frequently gripping and anger-inducing. Mezzogiorno in the lead role is outstanding, and in the scene where she breaks apart as she enters her second asylum, she is both heart-breaking and strangely inspiring. Timi is a force of nature as Mussolini, nailing his mannerisms and ruling over his people with a steely disposition.

Vincere was tipped for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, but was overshadowed by the admittedly better films The White Ribbon and A Prophet. But this is a fantastic film in its own right - insightful, powerful, and disturbing, and Bellocchio, a veteran at 71, is definitely a director to keep an eye on.

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