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Vincere (2009)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 20 May 2009 (Italy)
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Vincere is a movie starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, and Fausto Russo Alesi. The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ida Dalser
... Benito Mussolini / Benito Albino adulto
... Riccardo Paicher
... Rachele Mussolini
... Pietro Fedele
... Dottor Cappelletti
Paolo Pierobon ... Giulio Bernardi
... Giudice
... Adelina Dalser
Simona Nobili ... Madre Superiora
Vanessa Scalera ... Suora Misericordiosa
Giovanna Mori ... Tedesca
Patrizia Bettini ... Cantante
Silvia Ferretti ... Scarpette rosse
Corinne Castelli ... Lacrime
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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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Budget:

€9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,096, 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$615,278, 13 June 2010
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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), Il grande sogno (2009) and Si può fare (2008). See more »

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Benito Mussolini: With the guts of the last pope, we'll strangle the last king!
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Features October (Ten Days that Shook the World) (1927) See more »

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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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winning the heart of a dictator
29 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Much has been told of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, but Marco Bellocchio's "Vincere" tells of another period during the Fascist's life. Or rather, not his life, but the existence of his first wife Ida Dalser. Played to a tee by Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Ida met Benito (Filippo Timi) back when he was the editor of socialist newspaper Avanti. It was right before WWI when the future Il Duce broke away from the socialists and established the newspaper Il Popolo d'Italia. Not only that, having gotten injured in the war, Mussolini dumped Ida and Benito Jr. for his more famous wife Rachele (Michela Cescon).

It this point, the movie shifts entirely to Ida and Benito Jr., while Mussolini is seen only in newsreels. It's as if Ida represents the common person in Italy. Whereas Mussolini used to be a common person, he suddenly becomes the distant, bombastic authority figure. Ida, meanwhile, is thrown into a mental institution. As her sanity deteriorates further and further, accompanied by the frigid weather, one gets a sense of what would soon happen to Italy.

I had never known about this whole part of history, but it's good that the movie is recounting it. Without a doubt, this story serves to show what a megalomaniac Il Duce was - to say the least. But above all, it's important that we learn about the past so as not to repeat the mistakes.


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