Directed by: Marco Bellocchio
Written by: Marco Bellocchio & Daniela Ceselli (screenplay)
Starring: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Corrado Invernizzi, and Michela Cescon
Benito Mussolini and the exploits of Fascist Italy are criminally underfilmed in the annals of WWII films when compared to Hitler’s Nazi regime. Because Mussolini took a back seat, his atrocities appear to somehow be less atrocious in the eyes of history and film. Vincere, an astounding Italian film from Marco Bellocchio, does not show us his direct rule, but rather slims its focus on his horrendous treatment of his first wife, Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno).
Dalser falls in love with him from the moment she sees him challenge God in a crowded forum. It’s the beginning of his revolution, when he still had time for love between the killing. This isn’t a movie about Mussolini, though. This movie is about Ida, who he abandons for another woman after he goes to war. He leaves a son and a woman scorned behind.