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  • Actors: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Corrado Invernizzi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio
  • Directors: Marco Bellocchio
  • Writers: Marco Bellocchio, Daniela Caselli
  • Producers: Mario Gianani
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Subtitled, NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IFC Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JHXS8C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vincere" on IMDb

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Acclaimed Italian director Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket; Devil in the Flesh) delivers his boldest work yet, an audacious, visually stunning film that the Village Voice calls a stylistic knockout about fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and the woman he loved, scorned, denounced and then wrote out of history. Rising actor Filippo Timi is magnetic in a dual role as both the steamrolling dictator and the son he refuses to acknowledge. And Giovanna Mezzogiorno (Love In The Time Of Cholera) delivers a career-making, award-winning performance as Ida Dalser, the lover who wouldn t go away. Bellocchio is a master of eroticism and their scenes of abandon are so powerful and reckless (The Hollywood Reporter called them steamy ), it s easy to understand why Dalser could never give him up. His rise to power and her descent into an insane asylum are tragic counterpoints in a doomed romance. Dalser may have been written off at the time, but Bellocchio and Mezzogiorno allow her a final, unexpected triumph in this cinematic masterwork.

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Vincere (Italian for "win") doggedly portrays facets of a life hell-bent on the acquisition of power and fame. Italian director Marco Bellocchio (Devil in the Flesh), in his feature that has the high drama of opera and a soundtrack to match, tells the story of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's transformation into Il Duce (Filippo Timi) in light of the women he loved and spurned. While Mussolini's official wife is mentioned, the focus here is on his secret first wife, Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), who stars as a woman obsessed with claiming this megalomaniac as her husband despite her inability to provide officials with proof. Enter their child as evidence, Benito Albino (Fabrizio Costella), who as an adult is played by Timi to reinforce the physical resemblance to his father. One of the film's strengths is in how it follows Mussolini through his youngest years as a revolutionary, explaining his politics and his ability to rally citizens toward war. Though the story is dramatized, it is fascinating to understand how such a furious character charmed Italians. In early scenes, Ida's unflinching worship is also understandable, as Vincere implies that Mussolini's sexual appetites were as passionate as his political agenda. However, as Dalser and her son age, go into hiding, and face impending tragedies through the remainder of this very long feature, one loses any grasp on why Dalser continues to be obsessed with a man who obviously has no interest in her. While Mezzogiorno performs this mentally fragile woman with bravado, the character is extremely flawed and the plot does nothing to offer external perspectives to help viewers muster up sympathy. By the end, as the entire Mussolini enterprise crumbles, one is left frustrated by the stubbornness and blind devotion not only of Mussolini's fans, but also of the film's protagonist, Dalser, who remains statically on the road to downfall alongside her alleged husband. --Trinie Dalton

Customer Reviews

See it for Mezzogiorno, but don't expect much more.
Andrew Ellington
A lushly photographed film with a sweeping historical theme that fails to gain much traction by virtue of the very slow pace at which the drama unfolds.
Cary B. Barad
It tells the story of Ida, who fell in love with the future Italian Fascist leader, Benito Mussolini.
Desertman84

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Marco Bellocchio directed and wrote (with Daniela Ceselli) this very dark version of the private life of Benito Mussolini, a portion of his life that centered on his mistress and the mother of his son, one Ida Dalser. Though the film never really reveals whether Ida Dasler and Mussolini were married (Mussolini already had a wife and child when he me the devastatingly beautiful and erotic Ida) but that simply doesn't seem to matter while watching this artistic triumph of a film. What the director does manage to portray is the life and times of Italy before, during, and after WW I, a time during which Mussolini began his influence as a socialist and ultimately founded Italian Fascism, becoming the Fascist dictator of Italy. The many permutations of the concepts of monarchism and socialism and eventually Fascism are delineated by the film, if at times as shadowy in their explanation as is the director's love of dark in lighting the screen during almost all of the action. Bellocchio uses black and white film clips throughout his film giving it a somewhat documentary flair, but the performances by the actors make this film very much a visceral drama and not a dry rehash of history.

Filippo Timi gives a gripping performance as both Mussolini the ardent and handsome lover and politician whose life is always controlled by the term 'Vincere' ('Win'). Aptly, when the bulky monster Mussolini rises out of the socialism into fascism and the war the part of Mussolini is 'played' by the film clips of the real person. But as the film draws toward the end of his life, Timi once again enters the film in the role of his son Benito Albino Mussolini, a lad stricken with insanity and confined to a sanitarium.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 9, 2010
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The relationship between the Italian people and its political leaders is a complicated one that has been tackled recently by a number of Italian filmmakers, resulting in films as diverse as Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo on Giulio Andreotti and Nanni Moretti's satire on Silvio Berlusconi in The Caiman. Perhaps the greatest and most political of modern-day Italian directors, Marco Bellocchio takes on arguably an even more complex subject in Vincere, one whose relationship with the Italian people is even more difficult to define - that of Benito Mussolini.

Typically however, from the director who found poetic resonance in the 1978 kidnapping and murder of elder statesman Aldo Moro by members of the Red Brigade in Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, notte), Vincere is far from a straightforward biopic. Bellocchio approaches his subject from a most unconventional angle, using the buried episode of Mussolini's secret first marriage to Ida Dalser, a marriage that would result in the birth of a child - unacknowledged by Mussolini - and the incarceration of Dalser in an insane asylum as Mussolini's rise to power called for a certain rewriting of his personal history. In their marriage, Bellocchio manages to examine the complicated nature of relationships between Italian men and women, and through it, say much about the nature of power in a wider historical and political context.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Black on July 4, 2010
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You may not learn a lot of historical facts surrounding the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's reign by watching director Marco Bellocchio's latest film, Vincere. But you will be highly entertained.

It's not that there isn't a lot of history packed into the film; it's just that because it was made for an Italian audience there isn't a lot of explanation or perspective given to the facts it presents. But so what? Ten minutes of watching Bellocchio's Mussolini work his way up the ranks of Italian politics will have you making a mental note to get a biography of the man from Amazon.com when you get home.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By inderweltsein on May 21, 2010
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Through the struggle of this woman, Vincere is not only a critique of fascism and the dictatorship of Mussolini.. It is too a real hymn to cinema as a medium conveying meaning in an alienated world. In this point of view, it is by itself an act of resistance, in a world invaded by advertisements, and whose Imaginary is colonized by the society of the spectacle.

Bellocchio offers us an operatic tour de force. Performance by both actors is exceptionnal, but especially from Giovanna Mezzogiorno, amazingly inhabited in the role of her young career, on par with Falconetti in Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. It is a performance and a movie that would indeniably have deserved more prizes, had Cannes 2009 jury been fair, or had Italy selected it as the Italian candidate for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Movie, instead of a more commercial one.
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