Trying to Escape Fate!
Maximiliano F Yofre | Buenos Aires, Argentina | 06/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Director Carlo Lizzani is a veteran Italian film maker formed in the Italian "Neorealist" film school; this influence is still perceptible in the present movie.
Lizzani in his extended career has delivered some very good films as "Chronache di Poveri Amanti" ("Chronicle of Poor Lovers" 1954) and "Il Procceso de Verona" (The Verona Trial 1963) amongst other.
"Mussolini: Ultimo Atto" (Mussolini: Last Act 1974) show dictator's four last days of life. The film shows Mussolini as he was: arrogant, selfish, histrionic, liar, opportunist, unremorseful, irresponsible ... yet human.
Around him a plethora of flunky officers strive to attract his favors. His faithful lover, Claretta Petacci, still clings to "the big man" with desperate love.
Germans, Allies, Partisans, Vatican and Neutrals compose an intricate political and diplomatic ballet around this sinking figure.
Photography in charge of veteran Roberto Gerardi and music score composed by Ennio Morricone are excellent.
Rod Steiger is outstanding in his characterization of the Italian dictator, his attitudes and corporal demeanor is exact; yet the best of his playacting is the way in which he conveys to the audience the internal turmoil of Mussolini.
Lisa Gastoni as Claretta, Henry Fonda as Cardinale Schuster and Franco Nero as Colonel Valerio offer great performances too.
A very good historical film that will be thoroughly enjoyed by history fans and general public too.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
Very good movie about a turning point of history
AUGUSTO BAZAN | Falls Church, Virginia United States | 11/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rod Steiger gives a real performance. Production quite old but overall faithful to historical facts. Highly recommended for those interested in Italy's demise but also entertaining for anybody who wants to spend a good time watching good acting. Makes Mussolini a more humane and tormented being who is unable to scape what he is convinced is his destiny."