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Marco Bellocchio

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About the Movie

There is a secret in the life of Mussolini: a wife and a son, Benito Albino, who was born, acknowledged and then denied. The secret bears a name: Ida Dalser. It is a dark page in history, one ignored in the official biography of the Duce.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 90
  • Fresh: 83
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Bellocchio tells the film's historical story in an electrifying fashion, mixing in newsreel footage, on-screen slogans and Futurist art, a bit of thunder and lightning and Carlo Crivelli's boom-boom score. – Glenn Whipp, Associated Press, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Giovanna Mezzogiorno plays Ida, and if you know Mezzogiorno you know instantly why this film is worth seeing. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: There's visual poetry here and haunted performances from Mezzogiorno and Timi -- who plays two roles, and is especially gripping as Dalser 1/2 1/2s grown son. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's grand, heartbreaking material, made even more riveting by the fact that it is very likely true. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jul 7, 2010

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