Mussolini: The Untold Story
|Mussolini: The Untold Story|
|Directed by||William A. Graham|
|Starring||George C. Scott
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Robert Downey Jr.
|Country of origin||UK / US|
|Executive producer(s)||Bernard Sofronski|
|Running time||6 h 50 m|
|Original airing||24 November 1985|
Mussolini: The Untold Story is an epic television biographical miniseries drama that aired in November 1985. The series followed the rise, rule, and downfall of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini played by U.S. actor (George C. Scott). Mussolini's private life features prominently in the series, including his long-term romance with his mistress Clara Petacci (played by Virginia Madsen).
The series begins in 1922 as Mussolini gathers his power through the use of his Black Shirt militia. Promoting himself as Caesar reincarnate, Il Duce gains a national fervor that peaks after the Italian invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1935. In 1938, Mussolini attempted to promote peace at the Munich Conference. Nonetheless, he aligned himself with Hitler. Mussolini drew Italy into World War II, which led to his country's decline, Mussolini's fall from power, and eventual roadside execution of Mussolini and Petacci.
The Series was Nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.