Mussolini and I (1985)

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The last days in the life of fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his family are told from the point of view of his ill-fated son-in-law Galeazzo Ciano (Anthony Hopkins) in this crammed, two-hour historical biography. Originally filmed as a four-part miniseries, the two-hour reduction leaves a very speeded-up view of the time between the Allied landing in Italy and Mussolini's death. As events worsen for the dictator (shown shuffling around in slippers at home like a domesticated pet) he begins to lose his support, including that of his son-in-law Galeazzo. After the German army frees him from a brief detention by Partisan forces, the dictator orders Galeazzo's execution. Italy has obviously lost the war, but Mussolini seems to be living in his own small world. Susan Sarandon plays Mussolini's daughter and Galeazzo's wife, Bob Hoskins is the dictator, and Barbara De Rossi is Mussolini's doomed mistress, Claretta.

Cast

Bob Hoskins
as Benito Mussolini
Susan Sarandon
as Edda Mussolini-Ciano
Anthony Hopkins
as Count Galeazzo Ciano
Annie Girardot
as Rachele Mussolini
Hans-Dieter Asner
as Joachim Von Ribbentrop
Kurt Raab
as Adolf Hitler
Barbara De Rossi
as Claretta Petacci
Harald Dietl
as Otto Skorzeny
Marne Maitland
as King Victor Emmanuel III
Vittorio Mezzogiorno
as Alessandro Pavolini
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