Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 02, 2010 – Sunday, April 11, 2010

 Detroit Film Theatre

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(Italy/2009—directed by Marco Bellocchio)

The history of 20th-century Italy emerges as a grandly stylized extravaganza in this dazzling new work from Italian master Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket). Choosing to focus on Benito Mussolini as a young man – before he rose to dictatorial power as Il Duce – Bellocchio presents the largely unknown story of Mussolini’s secret marriage to Ida Dalser (an amazing performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno), and their child, Benito Albino Mussolini. Mussolini would later deny any relationship to either Dalser or their son, with the two spending much of their lives forcibly tucked away in asylums, observing Il Duce’s rise to power – and his marriage to another woman – through the prism of newsreels and propaganda films. Even while under house arrest, Dalser tirelessly petitioned both Mussolini and the pope, demanding recognition of her marriage and her son. Lyrical and fearless, Vincere is both historical drama and a cautionary tale about every dictator’s desire to fashion his own image. In Italian with English subtitles. (128 min.)

A thrilling, at times brilliant piece of staging that never forgets the emotional pull of either the tragic personal tale or the ramifications of history.”  -Jay Weissberg, Variety


Friday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 9 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 10 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 11 at 4:00 p.m.