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Rated NR · 128 min. · 2010

Drama
To the many crimes of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, add the mistreatment of his alleged “wife,” Ida Dalser, who was hustled off to a life sentence in a mental institution when her paternity claims became embarrassing to Il Duce. Veteran writer-director Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket, The Wedding Director) walks a thin line between outraged political exposé and expressionistic art film meditation on the inner emotional state of Italy in recounting the seduction and abandonment of Ida (Giovanna Mezzogiorno, wringing operatic pathos) by her charismatic Fascist lover Benito (Filippo Timi) in the helter-skelter Europe of the 1920s. Better to take Bellocchio’s wild modernist visuals and dreamlike tonalities at face value and let the nuns-and-snake-pit histrionics play themselves out. Strong stuff, even in controlled doses. Also with Fabrizio Costella as Benito Albino, the unwanted son (122 min.).
Official Site: it.movies.yahoo.com/speciali/vincere
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Writer: Marco Bellocchio
Producer: Mario Gianani
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Corrado Invernizzi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Paolo Pierobon, Bruno Cariello, Francesca Picozza and Simona Nobili

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