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Vincere (2009)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 20 May 2009 (Italy)
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The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.

Director:

Marco Bellocchio

Writers:

Marco Bellocchio (story), Marco Bellocchio (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Paolo Pierobon ... Giulio Bernardi
Bruno Cariello ... Giudice
Francesca Picozza ... Adelina Dalser
Simona Nobili Simona Nobili ... Madre Superiora
Vanessa Scalera Vanessa Scalera ... Suora Misericordiosa
Giovanna Mori Giovanna Mori ... Tedesca
Patrizia Bettini Patrizia Bettini ... Cantante
Silvia Ferretti Silvia Ferretti ... Scarpette rosse
Corinne Castelli Corinne Castelli ... Lacrime
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Storyline

The story of Ida Dalser, who fell in love with the future Italian Fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, supported him while he was unemployed in the early 1910s, and married him, presumably around 1914. She bore Mussolini a son, Benito Albino, before the outbreak of World War I. The two lost touch during the war years and, upon discovering him again in a hospital during the war, she also discovered Rachele Guidi, who had married Mussolini in 1915, and a daughter born in 1910 when Guidi and Mussolini were living together. Historically, following his political ascendancy, Mussolini suppressed the information about his first marriage and he (through the Fascist party) persecuted both his first wife and oldest son and committed them forcibly to asylums.

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

20 May 2009 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Vincere See more »

Filming Locations:

Trento, Trentino, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,096, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$619,162

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,701,481
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (inserts only)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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), Fort Apache Napoli (2009), The Big Dream (2009) and We Can Do That (2008). See more »

Quotes

Benito Mussolini: With the guts of the last pope, we'll strangle the last king!
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Soundtracks

Inno di Garibaldi (Va' fuori d'Italia, va' fuori stranier)
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Performed by Pier Giorgio Bellocchio and Filippo Timi
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VINCERE (Marco Bellocchio, 2009) ***
19 February 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Bellocchio's latest is yet another look at a controversial Italian political figure, Benito Mussolini; however, it deals with a phase of his life which was kept 'in the shadows' for a great many years – the dictator's first marriage, which even yielded him a son! As was the case with GOOD MORNING, NIGHT (2003) – in which the film-maker had treated the abduction and execution of ex-Prime Minister Aldo Moro – the politician emerges not to be the central figure after all (remaining, similarly, little more than a cipher); here, in fact, the protagonist is Mussolini's secreted – or, more precisely, rejected – wife, who even winds up in a mental institution (a fate which also befalls their offspring, where both would die eventually)! The meticulous period reconstruction (and emphatic score) was to be expected, yet the human drama – and, by extension, the fine leading performances of Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Fabrizio Timi – is ultimately what renders the movie compelling; interestingly, while Mussolini as an older man is shown only via authentic newsreel footage, Timi plays both father and son as a young adult! Needless to say, the director distances himself from the Fascist fervor which had gripped his nation in those pivotal war years – choosing to depict Mussolini as godless (the film begins with him defying the Almighty to strike him down) and inhuman (both in the treatment of his first family and in his animalistic sexual prowess: the latter scenes, of which there a few, would otherwise have no discernible point) and even goes so far as to ridicule him by having son repeatedly caricature father's famously arrogant mannerisms while speechifying (with this in mind, the title – which translates to "Winning" – is clearly ironic, since what it presents is anything but the correct fighting spirit)!


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