Movies and TV: Vincere

Cover of VincereA story of desire, madness, and war, Vincere is a passionate tale centering on fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini during the 20th century and Ida Dalser, his mistress. As Mussolini rises in power, scenes of the flurry of war and a nation uprising mark the passage of time causing a sense of growing urgency which is contrasted against the creeping sense of dread for Dalser’s fate. The dark lighting and panicked exchanges between the characters set against a sweeping, grand soundtrack allow the watcher to sink into a world of tarnished grandeur in this 2009 film.

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