Mussolini And I details
|Starring:||Annie Girardot, Anthony Hopkins, Susan Sarandon, Bob Hoskins|
Mussolini And I
|Run time:||4 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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TurgidBy a customer from London, England , 02 Nov 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]One word for it: turgid. Another word: boring. A pity, considering the star leads.
An Italian Tragedy - Decline and FallBy flickgazer (10 reviews) from Watford , 15 Sep 2011I am fascinated (!) by Fascist Italy and Spain. The bombast, the strutting, the vacuous rhetoric and balcony ranting, the parades and wow , the hats! Behind all that was the menace, brutality, bullying and sheer nastiness of course. This film conveys the corrupt detachment of the ruling Fascist elite centred around Mussolini, his wife and his mistress, and his son in law Count Galazeo Ciano of diaries fame.
Bob Hoskins wasnt a great choice for strutting Benito, because he doesnt strut the stuff, coming across entirely without menace so you wonder how this guy managed to fool the populace and stay in power for so long. The gradual encroachment of the war onto Italian soil and the rapid decay of the regime are well conveyed, as Mussolini undergoes a moral decline into ineffectuality,
The duping and arrest of Ciano (Anthony Hopkins, brilliant and entirely credible) the ramshackle Salo republic a backdrop to Mussolinis final months, are very well done. The terrifying trial of Ciano and the Grand Council members who voted Mussolini out in July 1943 mirrored the murder, mayhem and vengeance outside as partisans settled scores.
A treat for me was Dietlinde Turban as Felicitas, the lovely blond German minder and finally lover of Ciano, a part she demonstated that sexiness and dignity are entirely compatible.
A good attempt to capture the drama and the violence of the period and the gradual falling away of the delusions of the regimes protagonists, just a shame about the miscasting of the central player in the drama.
Waste of TimeBy AvasNan (5 reviews) , 07 Jun 2011When I saw the top notch actors starring in this film, I assumed that it would be a good film. Unfortunately I was wrong. Yes some of the settings were lavish but no ammount of gorgeous scenery could make this the interesting film it should have been; after all it was a facinating period in Italy's history which was made completely boring. The soundtrack was somehow not right and overactors anonymous must have sponsored this film. I must say that the discs we had were in fact faulty and kept stopping which would have been infuriating normally but was a respite for us. I should have stopped watching but hoped it would improve. It didn't and I can't get the time wasted back. Don't bother with this - it is not good.
Poor Writing, Poor DirectingBy a customer from London , 19 Jul 2009This four-part historical drama fails to deliver, despite the all star cast and fascinating subject matter. There is no clear theme and vascillates between a weakly developed political thriller and a family soap opera. The acting is distractingly poor, even from Anthony Hopkins and Susan Sarandon who both were clearly suffering from poor direction and even poorer writing.
DreadfullBy KeithBath (1 review) from Bath , 09 Apr 2009This film was so bad, at times I wondered if I was missing the irony. Very lavish sets in part, if a bit over the top. Cannot understand why such wonderful actors agree to do such bad work.
TurgidBy a customer from London, England , 02 Nov 2007One word for it: turgid. Another word: boring. A pity, considering the star leads.
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