Vincere (2010)

This unusual and offbeat historical drama rests on a little-known conceit. Though seldom discussed in history books (and reportedly undisclosed for half a century), fascist dictator Benito Mussolini conceived an illegitimate son by a woman… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 19, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Part political treatise, part melodrama, Marco Bellocchio's Mussolini biopic forsakes historical details in favor of absorbing emotion -- and provides a showcase for a stunning performance from Giovanna Mezzogiorno.

Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

Carol Crivelli's soaring classical score heightens Bellochio's operatic tendencies.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The untold story of how fascist strongman Benito Mussolini rose to power by trampling on the woman who loved him is a bracingly cinematic lesson in how all politics is personal.

Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

While Dalser's story makes for a potent historical parable, at times it seems like little more than a garden-variety drama about an obsessive woman's scorn.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

An astute study of amour fou and a cautionary tale about how the worship of false idols can lead to personal and national collapse.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Vincere is a thrilling period drama about the power of delusions.

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Andrew Sarris
Film Comment Magazine

Bellocchio encapsulates the long-running mass hysteria of a nation enthralled by the demagogic antics of a now-seeming buffoon.

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Jonathan F. Richards

Bellocchio has turned the story of Mussolini's discarded wife and son into a movie that has some of the bully swagger and excess of Il Duce himself.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

There's visual poetry here and haunted performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi -- who plays two roles, and is especially gripping as Dalser 1/2 1/2s grown son.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

It's a real treat to see this provocative examination of the life of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. As Dalser, Giovanna Mezzogiorno delivers a passionate, ho-holds-barred performance. Filippo Timi is equally good as the bullish, blustering Mussolini.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
Who would have guessed that a biopic - about Mussolini, no less - could have turned out so avant-garde? Although consistently overshadowed by its (admittedly)… More
Kyle S
A very prestigious and dramatic character study of Ida Dalser, Mussolini's secret lover. She bore him a son, and sold all of her belongings to fund his… More
Stefanie C
Without a doubt, this is the best movie I have seen this year! Political unrest, the rise of fascism and Mussolini, interspersed with actual vintage newsreel… More
Daisy Maduro
From Italian director Marco Bellocchio came this biography war drama Vincere, which told the story of Ida Dalser, who claimed to be Benito Mussolini's… More
Walter M.
It is always a good sign for a biopic, which this really is not, to start in a totally unfamiliar place to the viewer. At the start of the stunning mad fever… More

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