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Mussolini and The History Of Italian Fascism [DVD]

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  • Directors: Lutz Becker
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2008
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015YY78G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,794 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First ever release of this documentary series in a special 4DVD DIGIPACK. The History of Italian Fascism documents the rise of fascism, how life changed in Italy, the outbreak of war and the eventual downfall of the Duce. Includes: Mussolini, the man and the politician and his rise to power. The Matteotti affair and the birth of the Totalitarian state Fascist policy at home and abroad The Vatican agreement and initial contact with Hitler The opponents and the intellectuals of the regime Modernisation in Italy and the new African colonies The Italians in the 1930's and fascist support Defeat, Civil War and the death of the duce.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Warne on 13 Mar. 2009
This is a very detailed account of the Fascist era. There is lots of original footage and the narration is clear yet brisk. The only thing lacking in this documentary is the period 1940-1943 ie: Italy in the Second World War. The documentary runs from 1900-1940 and then 1943-1945 but leaves Italy's war years out altogether which is a terrible shame. This aside, one could not ask for a more comprehensive on-screen account of Il Duce's Italy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian All Right on 29 Aug. 2011
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This documentary production totally fails to give any explanation on the rise and fall of facism in general and Italy in particular. It is not a history of Facism, Mussolini or Italy. It blatantly fails to explain any of the major events of the epoch and focuses on minor and obscure issues and even then fails to give intelligible explanations. The whole production is excruciatingly boring with a barely comprehensible commentary, whose style is verbose, pedantic and leaden, and utterly fails to pass on any useful information. One assumes that the commentary has been directly translated from the original Italian and at the end of interminable sentences one has no clear idea of what is trying to be said.
The series itself skirts round major historical events and fails to address the origins, development and end of Mussolini and Italian facism. For example:- The entire issue of the second war war is barely mentioned, the vital questions of how Italy threw in her lot with Hitler, Italy's participation in the Spanish civil war, the effect of the war in Italy itself, the progress of the war, and how the Facists themselves threw out Mussolini. Yet much time is devoted to pointless examination of the composition of the rump puppet government in the latter stages of the war.
Watching this series is the most agonizingly boring experience. I thoroughly recommend you not to buy it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alan Rosenfelder on 3 Dec. 2009
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I bought this as my daughter is covering the subject in A level history. We sat and watched the first program as a family and it was basically incomprehensible. The narrator may be speaking English, but the tranlation from the original Italian was in a style of English we could make little sense of. There seemed to be no background explanations of the period and circumstances, which we take for granted in most documenrtries we watch. There were lots of clips from Italian movies that were presumably re enacting somthing relevant but since they had no subtitles the point was lost on us, the same applied to the old news reel clips.Only suitable for those who have sufficient knowledge that they needn't bother watching the series, or possibly an understanding of Italian....
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One get a good impression of what fascism in action was in Italy. The tragic nature of this regime is somewhat hidden because of the comic relief provided by Mussolini. The quality of the film improves as it moves from the 1920s into the 1930s and the final end of this regime in 1944.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By merx on 27 Jun. 2012
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A revisionist and partisan view of the regime specifcally on the Salo Republic.Comentary turgid.the news footage just saves this misguided prodject
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