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A Man Named Benito: The Rise and Fall of Mussolini - 3-DVD Box Set (DVD) (*)

Original Title: Il giovane Mussolini
Language Selections:
Danish ( Subtitles )
English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Finnish ( Subtitles )
Norwegian ( Subtitles )
Swedish ( Subtitles )

Product Origin/Format:
Sweden ( PAL/Region 0 )

Running Time:
300 min

Aspect Ratio:

Special Features:
3-DVD Set
Box Set
Interactive Menu
Scene Access

Movie filmed in 1993 and produced in:
Czech Republic ( Russia, Eastern Europe )
France ( France, Benelux )
Germany ( Germany, Central Europe )
Italy ( Italy, Greece )
Spain ( Spain, Portugal )

Directed By:
Gianluigi Calderone

Written By:
Vincenzo Cerami
Domenico Rafele

Antonio Banderas ..... Benito Mussolini (3 episodes, 1993)
Ivano Marescotti ..... Giacinto Serrati (1 episode, 1993)
Toni Bertorelli ..... Primo
Valentina Lainati ..... Giulia Ferrari
Franco Mescolini ..... Ferrari

Benito: The Rise and Fall of Mussolini is the Italian TV movie which follows the life of Benito Mussolini and his rise to power. Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician who led the National Fascist Party, and one of the founders of Italian Fascism. He became one of the most infamous political figures in modern history, a rising star of the Socialist Party who became a proponent of government fascism and ally of Adolf Hitler. In this biopic, Antonio Banderas stars as Mussolini, who we join as he arrives in a small town in 1901. He gets a job as a school teacher, but is soon fired for having sex with the headmaster's daughter. He becomes a student, and soon organizes his first protest which almost gets him deported. He goes back to his hometown of Forli, and soon is part of the Socialist movement, uniting Socialist and Republicans in an anti-war movement. In this biopic originally produced for Italian television, we see the rise and fall of the infamous politician come to life in Benito: The Rise and Fall of Mussolini.

The story starts at the point in Benito Mussolini's life when, at the age of nineteen, he gave up being a schoolmaster, left his home town of Forli and, as a guest worker on a building-site in Lausanne, Switzerland, underwent his own personal experience of the darker sides of the capitalist system. The speed with which the rhetorically gifted demagogue manages to assemble whole crowds of friends and followers around him - including above all his 'protectress', the enigmatic Russian woman Angelika - is reflected in the speed at which he succeeds in attracting enemies from church and state. His love for the beautiful Eleonora, the daughter of a middle-class family, studying medicine at the University of Geneva - a city where Mussolini himself has been carrying stone around as an unskilled worker - even convinces him to take up studying. When a fatal accident occurs on the building-site - a worker plunges to his death from a badly-secured section of scaffolding - the young student Mussolini calls for a general strike. Arrest and expulsion are the consequences of this first piece of agitation, and it is only the intervention of his influential friend Angelika which saves him from being thrown into jail. But Mussolini is not a man to give up easily. Soon he's successful again, in Trieste, working as editor of the socialist newspaper 'L'Avventure del Lavoratore', and a conflict soon arises between himself and the local clergy. This, however, provides the local imperial Austrian authorities with the excuse they need to expel this troublemaker and agitator from the country. Back in his native town of Forlì, Mussolini marries Rachele, his childhood sweetheart. But he's still a long way from settling down into a 'bourgeois' lifestyle - he spends far more time with his comrades, and especially the pretty female comrades, than with Rachele and the family. It's not long before Mussolini becomes local chief of the Italian Socialist Party, in which he reveals his secure instinct for power and his talent for intrigue as he plays off various sections of the left against each other. Very soon he's levered his arch-rival Bissolati out of office: in Milan Mussolini becomes editor-in-chief of the country's largest socialist newspaper, 'Avanti!'. Mussolini exploited the escalation in violence among the country's workers for his own ends. The 'reds' - the left-wing Socialists - and the 'yellows' - the Republicans - were involved in a bitter war with each other. At the peak of this crisis, however, World War I broke out. While the Italian Nationalists are urging the country to take part in the war, the left wing builds its support on the pacifist strength of the 'Socialist International': the workers of Europe must unite against the imperialist warmongers! Now that those in power represent a common enemy, Mussolini - via an adroit move - succeeds in uniting the warring left-wing factions. Although hopes that a united European left will be able to stop the war are soon dashed, Mussolini is now more powerful than ever before. It is at this period of his life that he begins to have growing doubts about neutrality and pacifism being worthy aims for a true revolutionary. Gradually he turns all his allies, even the staunchest ones, into enemies, including his beloved Angelika, by showing a lot of sympathy towards the landowning classes. The last great chapter in the history of Mussolini the socialist is now played out against the backdrop of World War I, and the transformation begins which will eventually lead him to found an entirely different type of socialism altogether - Fascismo. While the pacifists in his party are pressing for neutrality, Mussolini finally allows himself to be 'bought' by the Conservative government. The former anti-war campaigner turned opportunist now supports the war. Now he's on his own - and at the turning-point of his political career...

Antonio Banderas stars as Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in this provocative biopic originally produced for Italian television. Following the rise and fall of one of the most infamous political figures in modern history, the film traces Mussolini's journey from his days as a young star of the Socialist Party to his years as a proponent of government fascism and ally of Adolf Hitler, a relationship that would ultimately cost him his life.
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