Mussolini and I

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Mussolini and I
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DVD cover of Mussolini and I
Format Docudrama
Directed by Alberto Negrin
Produced by Mario Gallo
Enzo Guilioli
Written by Alberto Negrin
Nicola Badalucco
Starring Bob Hoskins
Anthony Hopkins
Susan Sarandon
Music by Egisto Macchi
Editing by Roberto Perpignani
Egisto Macchi
Country Italy
West Germany
United States
Language English
Original channel Rai Uno
Original airing 15 April 1985
Running time 130 mins. (original)
240 mins. (extended)

Mussolini and I is a 1985 TV docu-drama about the strained relationship between Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and his son-in-law and foreign minister, Count Galeazzo Ciano, based on Ciano's diaries. Made in English as an Italian-French-German-Swiss-Spanish-US co-production, with Bob Hoskins, Anthony Hopkins and Susan Sarandon in the leading roles, it first aired on Rai Uno on 15 April 1985 in a 130 minute version. On 8 September 1985, it premiered in the USA on HBO in an extended four hour version.

All filming was done in Italy; including northern Italy's Gargnano, Merano, Bolzano, Verona, and in central Italy, Rome and L'Aquila. Filming was also done at the well known Villa Torlonia and Palazzo Venezia. It was released on a 2 disc DVD in August 2003. It is divided into 4 segments for a total of 240 minutes and was released by Koch Entertainment.


The film starts just before World War II and shows the political and personal side of Benito Mussolini aka Il Duce's fall from power until his death and the end of the war. It delves into Il Duce's relationship with his son in-law, daughter, wife, mistress, and admiration of Hitler.


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