Athos Magnani, a young researcher, returns to Tara, where his father was killed before his birth, at the request of Draifa. The father, also named Athos Magnani and looking exactly like the son, was killed by a fascist in 1936 -- or so says Draifa (his mistress), the town statue, and everyone in town. As the son untangles the web of lies this story is constructed from, he finds himself ensnared in the same web.
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From Bernardo Bertolucci, the creator of "Before the Revolution," "The Conformist" and "Last Tango in Paris"
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The short story "Tema del traidor y del héroe" (Theme of the Traitor and the Hero) by Jorge Luis Borges
, that this film is based on, was set in nineteenth-century Ireland and was only 2 pages long. See more
Athos Magnani, father and son
You will not kill me. Even a dead traitor is damaging. A hero is more useful. A hero, whom people can love. I shall be basely murdered by a Fascist. We'll offer the spectacle of a dramatic death to seize people's imagination so they will continue to hate more and more Fascism.
Referenced in Giornata nera
Written by Giuseppe Verdi See more