Benito: The Rise and Fall of Mussolini
Original title: Il giovane 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.
Director: Gianluigi Calderone
Writers: Vincenzo Cerami, Domenico Rafele, Lidia Ravera
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Toni Bertorelli, Valentina Lainati