Mussolini, the man who wanted to be Cesar 2x52' by Serge De Sampigny
Everyone knows Mussolini, one of the best-known figures of the 20th century, who embodied the alliance between Italy and Nazi Germany. The man who, by aligning himself with Hitler, led his people into ignominy. For the Italian people, he represented the new Caesar, a hero of antiquity and the heir to imperial Rome.
But who knows the true story of Duce and, through him, Italian Fascism? How did this young “red” proletarian come to don a black short? Why did this man, who was long indifferent to racial matters, become the Latin alter ego of the Führer? What place does this man hold in the hierarchy of tyrants?
From his rise to power in 1925 to his downfall in 1943, this film is an overarching portrait of Benito Mussolini, covering both his private life and political career. Thanks to official archives and amateur footage, in conjunction with interviews with those who shot them, illustrated by photos, and some reconstructions, we will explore the mechanisms of Fascist power, the cult of violence, and state political repression, steering Italy into disaster.
Available versions: French, English