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Vincere [Blu-ray]

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon
  • Directors: Marco Bellocchio
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003S4LEJQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,885 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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VINCERE is a compelling drama based on the littleknown story of Benito Mussolinis first wife. Ida Dalsar (Giovanno Mezzogiorno) and Mussolini (Filippo Timi) begin their liaison in 1914; she is a well-to-do beauty salon owner and he is an impoverished young Socialist and union activist. When Ida sells all her possessions to fund her lover's new newspaper, the rise of Fascism is set into play. VINCERE is a gripping film that creates a highly cinematic oratorio of enormous emotional force.

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Some amazing, poetic imagery, a rich, almost operatic score, and a
hyper-emotional yet always grounded lead performance by Giovanna
Mezzogiomo make this film work.

The story of Mussolini's cruelly rejected and forgotten wife and son
(they were a problem politically, since it turned out he was already
married) is certainly interesting, and a glimpse at the toll of
dictatorship on a much more human scale. It was also gripping to see
Mussolini portrayed as more complex and dangerously charismatic than
the buffoonish cartoon he has become in the public's mind.

That said, for me the film felt long at 125 minutes. The repetition
with which Ida Dalser is locked away in various mental institutions and
studiously ignored is at first powerful, but ultimately wearying.

Perhaps I was over prepared, as so many critics declared this
Bellocchio's best film in years, perhaps ever. But then, I was always a
bit out of sync with the critical establishment re Bollocchio. I'm
also not obsessed with "Fists in Pocket" his first film, widely
regarded as a masterpiece. As with "Vincere" I liked it, but felt it
milked one tone too long. I'm more drawn to his more subtle and complex
work like "Good Morning, Night" and "Henry IV".

But I will re-watch this, and I'm happy to have discovered this
director's wonderful, unique, slightly surreal, yet still emotional
work, even if it took me too many years to do so.
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The relationship between the Italian people and its political leaders is a complicated one that has been tackled recently by a number of Italian filmmakers, resulting in films as diverse as Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo on Giulio Andreotti and Nanni Moretti's satire on Silvio Berlusconi in The Caiman. Perhaps the greatest and most political of modern-day Italian directors, Marco Bellocchio takes on arguably an even more complex subject in Vincere, one whose relationship with the Italian people is even more difficult to define - that of Benito Mussolini.

Typically however, from the director who found poetic resonance in the 1978 kidnapping and murder of elder statesman Aldo Moro by members of the Red Brigade in Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, notte), Vincere is far from a straightforward biopic. Bellocchio approaches his subject from a most unconventional angle, using the buried episode of Mussolini's secret first marriage to Ida Dalser, a marriage that would result in the birth of a child - unacknowledged by Mussolini - and the incarceration of Dalser in an insane asylum as Mussolini's rise to power called for a certain rewriting of his personal history. In their marriage, Bellocchio manages to examine the complicated nature of relationships between Italian men and women, and through it, say much about the nature of power in a wider historical and political context.
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Through the struggle of this woman, Vincere is not only a critique of fascism and the dictatorship of Mussolini.. It is too a real hymn to cinema as a medium conveying meaning in an alienated world. In this point of view, it is by itself an act of resistance, in a world invaded by advertisements, and whose Imaginary is colonized by the society of the spectacle.

Bellocchio offers us an operatic tour de force. Performance by both actors is exceptionnal, but especially from Giovanna Mezzogiorno, amazingly inhabited in the role of her young career, on par with Falconetti in Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. It is a performance and a movie that would indeniably have deserved more prizes, had Cannes 2009 jury been fair, or had Italy selected it as the Italian candidate for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Movie, instead of a more commercial one.
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2012
Format: DVD
I'm afraid to say that I'd not encountered Italian director Marco Bellochio or his work before and bought this DVD as it was part of 2 for £10 offer and it looked the most interesting the shop had.

I wasn't disappointed but would say that for most viewers, myself included, that it's the human story here that holds most interest. I'm not an expert in, nor wish to know the exact history surrounding its background, except, the fact that we are dealing with an infamous Italian Fascist leader and his first son and wife. These details are essential and placing them in a timeframe via newsreels is useful.

It may be that the Italians needed a film themselves about this obviously dark aberration in their home history and I guess that it does that satisfactorily, though I'm no position to know as to how accurate it is.

I, for one didn't feel it too long; I was soon aware that one & 3/4 hours had been chalked up, for instance. Giovanna Mezzogiorno puts in a magnificent and honest performance as the rejected mother and wife and Filippo Timi makes a fair stab as a young Mussolini. The film has a great, semi-operatic score that's always in tune with the emotions and turmoils and helps to sweep proceedings along. The cinematography too is very good, suitably moody and majestic.

Incarceration into decades of mental institutions, presumably on the order of Mussolini and the Party, a sane and healthy Ida Dalser fights tooth and nail to see her son again and for her very freedom.
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