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on 3 July 2013
This 410 minute TV mini-series is easy to follow. No artistic debauchery in the script, direction or editing that destroys or makes it difficult for the audiences ability to follow the story of the dictator Benito Mussolini. It is good story telling, and chronological all the way. George C. Scott is a superb choice for portraying Mussolini (as he was for portraying general Patton). And I don't believe I have ever seen Lee Grant in a better role, playing Mussolini's wife. In general the cast is very good. Raul Julia and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio are excellent choices. That Mussolini was a cruel, narcissistic and power hungry dictator comes through in the script and the directing to some extent, but I cannot help thinking that this side of Mussolini should have been given more attention. At times the fellow almost becomes likable. No doubt he had the ability to appear both strong and likable, but isn't that a typical for people with psychopathic tendencies? I'm no expert of Mussolini, so whether important happenings have been left out I cannot tell. Recommended.
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