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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

Color:

Color | Black and White (inserts only)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

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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Initial energy dissipates into aimlessness

My brother was in attendance for this one, and we were pretty much in unison in opinion. The first act of Vincere ("Win!") is quite extraordinary. In fact we both had the spine chills for the credits which featured a display of enormous mounted ship cannons.

It's a film about the relationship between Benito Mussolini and Ida Dalser. The first act, where they are actually together, is extraordinary. Mussolini is a power hungry madman, incapable of a non-hyperbolic thought, he quotes Napoleon at will and ravishes Ida in the moonlight of their cavernous apartment. He's the ultimate political opportunist, and Ida falls in love with his pure thuggery, despite his obviously third-rate intellect. I then had a problem for the remainder of the film, because I was expected to sympathise with Ida, whom Mussolini pushes away, even though she is a brute-loving nincompoop.

Despite Giovanna Mezzogiorno's excellent acting as Ida Dalser, it's like Bellochio isn't sure where to take the story, as if life doesn't really fit into his narrative structure. I remembered reading Robert Graves' book Count Belisarius as a teen, which starts off as a stonking good read about the adventures of a general in the Byzantine Empire, but then becomes far to encumbered with an adherence to history, that almost makes the latter part of the experience like reading a textbook, a real chore.

As another reviewer has pointed out, the actor in the movie who plays Mussolini, Filippo Timi, is far more interesting and nuanced than the actual historical figure, and it's simply ridiculous when we see newsreel footage and have to see Mussolini the real man, followed by Timi in the next scene. I have to hand it to Italians that they certainly have a talent for electing verminous cretins to high office that has lasted to this very day. You see the newsreel footage and it's impossible not to titter.

The film in retrospect is simply a misadventure in my opinion.


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