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The darkest days of World War II set the backdrop for this epic story about the turbulent life and death of Benito Mussolini (Bob Hoskins, Mona Lisa, The Long Good Friday), Italy’s fascist dictator known as Il Duce. This compelling, historic drama takes place in war-torn Italy and traces Mussolini’s vacillating relationship with his son-in-law, Count Galeazzo Ciano (Academy Award®-winner Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs), whose anti-Nazi sentiments place him, his family and Il Duce in great jeopardy. Academy Award®-winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma and Louise) plays Edda, the spoiled yet passionate daughter of Il Duce, who is torn between her love for her husband and her father. Pressed by his advisors and Germany’s Hitler to rid himself of the rebellious Ciano, Il Duce is forced to sign the order for his son-in-law’s arrest for high treason. But Edda holds Ciano’s incriminating diaries that can spell doom for Il Duce and his fascist cause. This four part factual drama reveals the dictator as a complex but flawed leader – a hero to his people, a traitor to his country and a loving father who allows politics to force him to doom the son-in-law whom he loves dearly. Most telling is the dictator’s admiration of Hitler – the flaw that eventually seals his fate.

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  • Actors: Susan Sarandon, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins, Annie Girardot, Barbara De Rossi
  • Directors: Alberto Negrin
  • Writers: Alberto Negrin, Nicola Badalucco
  • Producers: Alan David, Enzo Giulioli, Giovanna Genoese, Mario Gallo
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ACP0K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,457 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mussolini and I" on IMDb

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on November 26, 2004
Format: DVD
For anyone who can sit through the nearly 4 hours of this movie, there is the reward of learning a lot about a man who is a shadowy historical figure to most of us. Mussolini is shown as a complex figure, torn between the demands of his job and thos of his family. Key figures in this drama are Edda, Mussolini's daughter and Count Ciani, her husband, played compellingly by Susan Sarandon and Anthony Hopkins. At the beginning, Ciani is Mussolini's right-hand man, but eventually his anti-Nazi views put him at odds with his father-in-law. Both Edda and her mother are loyal to their husbands, despite the men's attentions to other women. The path of WWII is traced, and emphasis is put on the uneasy alliance between Mussolini and Hitler. This is an interesting and compelling story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Perrone on March 12, 2006
Format: DVD
My only major critisim is that it should have focused more on the politics of Ciano and his diaries. It spent to much time dancing on the outside of something he was an insider too. You learn nothing about pre war and wartime europe and italy except they lost the war and he was killed for betraying Mussolini.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James R. Smith on March 14, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Competently written, edited, and photographed, this film does its job of bringing history to life.

Good performances, on the whole, with Bob Hoskins as a surprisingly sympathetic Mussolini.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin J.M. Higner on March 12, 2010
Format: DVD
I found this film to be a window into the Italian world of the 1930's and 40's. How the dictator went from being on top of things at all times to being a pathetic pawn of the very man that originally copied him, and how he had to chose weather of not to do away with EVERYONE who betrayed him, including members of his own family. This film did have a couple of technical problems, though. There were sections of dialogue that were dubbed over--and in other peoples voices. Also, many of the dubbings did not match at all with the actual lip movements of some of the more minor characters. However, the overall effect is of an outstanding cast all around; dramatizing outstanding times in Italy, and the sensational family divides that occur in the meantime. Hopkins, Sarandon, and Hoskins were all strong on the screen. The special effects were good, and the bombed-out street sets were very well done. The performance of Kurt Raab as Hitler is rightfully bone-chilling, and the man who played the elderly King Victor Emmanuel III was exellent as well. It was all shot in Italy, and in many places they filmed where the dictator actually worked and lived-- a big plus to me as a history student.

Four out of Five stars here.
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