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Il giovane Mussolini (1993– )

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TV Mini-series | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

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 ...See moreThe 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. His love for the beautiful Eleonora, the daughter of a middle-class family, studying medicine at the University of Geneva - a city where Mussolini himself has been carrying stone around as an unskilled worker - even convinces him to take up studying. When a fatal accident occurs on the building-site - a worker plunges to his death from a badly-secured section of scaffolding - the young student Mussolini calls for a general strike. Arrest and expulsion are the consequences of this first piece of agitation, and it is only the intervention of his influential friend Angelika which saves him from being thrown into jail. But Mussolini is not a man to give up easily. Soon he's successful again, in Trieste, working as editor of the socialist newspaper "L'Avventure del Lavoratore", and a conflict soon arises between himself and the local clergy. This, however, provides the local imperial Austrian authorities with the excuse they need to expel this troublemaker and agitator from the country. Back in his native town of Forlì, Mussolini marries Rachele, his childhood sweetheart. But he's still a long way from settling down into a "bourgeois" lifestyle - he spends far more time with his comrades, and especially the pretty female comrades, than with Rachele and the family. It's not long before Mussolini becomes local chief of the Italian Socialist Party, in which he reveals his secure instinct for power and his talent for intrigue as he plays off various sections of the left against each other. Very soon he's levered his arch-rival Bissolati out of office: in Milan Mussolini becomes editor-in-chief of the country's largest socialist newspaper, "Avanti!". Mussolini exploited the escalation in violence among the country's workers for his own ends. The "reds" - the left-wing Socialists - and the "yellows" - the Republicans - were involved in a bitter war with each other. At the peak of this crisis, however, World War I broke out. While the Italian Nationalists are urging the country to take part in the war, the left wing builds its support on the pacifist strength of the "Socialist International": the workers of Europe must unite against the imperialist warmongers! Now that those in power represent a common enemy, Mussolini - via an adroit move - succeeds in uniting the warring left-wing factions. Although hopes that a united European left will be able to stop the war are soon dashed, Mussolini is now more powerful than ever before. It is at this period of his life that he begins to have growing doubts about neutrality and pacifism being worthy aims for a true revolutionary. Gradually he turns all his allies, even the staunchest ones, into enemies, including his beloved Angelika, by showing a lot of sympathy towards the landowning classes. The last great chapter in the history of Mussolini the socialist is now played out against the backdrop of World War I, and the transformation begins which will eventually lead him to found an entirely different type of socialism altogether - Fascismo. While the pacifists in his party are pressing for neutrality, Mussolini finally allows himself to be "bought" by the Conservative government. The former anti-war campaigner turned opportunist now supports the war. Now he's on his own - and at the turning-point of his political career... Written by Anonymous See less
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Feb 1, 1994 (Italy)

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Antonio Banderas
Benito Mussolini Benito Mussolini   See fewer
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Valentina Lainati
Giulia Ferrari Giulia Ferrari   See fewer
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Franco Mescolini
Ferrari Ferrari   See fewer
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Eleonora Eleonora   See fewer
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Margherita Sarfatti Margherita Sarfatti   See fewer
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Flavio Bonacci
Giuliani Giuliani   See fewer
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Steelworks Foreman Steelworks Foreman   See fewer
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Hana Davidona
Anna Kulicioff Anna Kulicioff   See fewer
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Ciccotti Ciccotti   See fewer
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Lidije Glavanakova
Renzi's Wife Renzi's Wife   See fewer
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Ambassador Ambassador   See fewer
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Vautrot Vautrot   See fewer
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Police Officer Police Officer   See fewer
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Ivan Jirík
Libero Libero   See fewer
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Hugo Kaminský
Don Dallabrida Don Dallabrida   See fewer
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Jindrich Khin
Gasparotto Gasparotto   See fewer
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Jan Klar
Fencing Instructor Fencing Instructor   See fewer
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Eduard Kolar
Leonida Bissolati Leonida Bissolati   See fewer
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Rachele Rachele   See fewer
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Old Priest Old Priest   See fewer
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Duilio Duilio   See fewer
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Damerini's Wife Damerini's Wife   See fewer
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Tagliatela Tagliatela   See fewer
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Angelika Balabanoff Angelika Balabanoff   See fewer
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Eva Matalová
Annina Annina   See fewer
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Jiri Meigl
City Councilor City Councilor   See fewer
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Milos Mejzlik
Damerini Damerini   See fewer
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Pino Micol
Claudio Treves Claudio Treves   See fewer
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Jan Novotný
Mazzoni Mazzoni   See fewer
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Jirí Ornest
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Zdenek Pechácek
Eleonora's 1st Escort Eleonora's 1st Escort   See fewer
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Rosa Maltoni Rosa Maltoni   See fewer
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Lazzari Lazzari   See fewer
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Jan Preucil
Corporal Corporal   See fewer
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Gaudenzi Gaudenzi   See fewer
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Bertoni Bertoni   See fewer
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Marinetti Marinetti   See fewer
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Alessandro Alessandro   See fewer
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Bergonzi Bergonzi   See fewer
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Valmaggi Valmaggi   See fewer
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Eleonora's 2nd Escort Eleonora's 2nd Escort   See fewer
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Bonavita Bonavita   See fewer
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Renzi's Mother Renzi's Mother   See fewer
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Filippo Turati Filippo Turati   See fewer
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Prisoner Prisoner   See fewer
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Giacinto Serrati Giacinto Serrati   See fewer
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5.7 / 10 | 175 votes