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Last Days of Mussolini
Last Days of Mussolini
Actors: Rod Steiger, Henry Fonda, Franco Nero
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
PG     2006     2hr 9min

April is the cruelest month... for Fascists! Academy Award® winner Rod Steiger (IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, DUCK YOU SUCKER) heads a stellar international cast as hunted Italian prime minister Benito Mussolini in Carlo ...  more »


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Actors: Rod Steiger, Henry Fonda, Franco Nero
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Studio: NoShame Films
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/14/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 9min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Italian
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

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."