An unusual new perspective on the life of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Viewed via the story of Ida, Mussolini's mistress-cum-wife, who had a relationship with him through his early years and rise to power. Director Marco Bellocchio brilliantly conjures up this extraordinary period in Italian history , while managing to convey a very intimate and personal story. Highly acclaimed on it's Cannes debut, Vincere is another significant film in the ultra-impressive canon of it's directors work.
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A woman spurned
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 16/09/2012 09:24:47
Little known fact: Benito Mussolini already had a wife and son when he married the woman who stood beside him as his spouse throughout his dictator reign. Wife #1Ida Dalser was incarcerated in a mental hospital and her existence expunged from all official records. This is strong meaty stuff with Giovanna Mezzogiorno suffering nobly through untold indignities in an effective performance. To tell the truth, she is slightly overshadowed by Filippo Timi who gives a feral portrayal of the young Mussolini, playing him with an intensity that is completely intimidating. Timi leaves the stage halfway through to make way for newsreel footage of Il Duce and his absence is sorely felt (it was a bit of a misstep for the actor to return to rather unconvincingly play his grown son). Nevertheless, this is a compelling story, very well told.
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