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Mussolini

Jack Perkins , Peter Graves    Unrated   VHS Tape
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Rare photos and films tell the whole story of Mussolini's life, from his days as a schoolyard bully to the alliance with Hitler that ultimately destroyed his country. Biography, approx. 50 mins. END

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4.0 out of 5 stars Must be viewed with a historical perspective Sept. 1 2002
Format:VHS Tape
With the passage of so many years and the knowledge of the events of world war two, it is difficult to watch this tape and place yourself in the proper historical perspective. The exaggerated pout, pompous strut and other mannerisms of Mussolini seem so comical that it is hard to understand how he could have risen to power. And yet, he gave Italy the longest period of stable government that it has ever seen and he was wildly popular for nearly all of his time as Prime Minister. As I watched the tape, I had to keep reminding myself of this, as at times, he looks so ridiculous.
The years immediately after world war one was a time of near chaos in Europe and although her human losses were relatively small compared to those of the other countries, Italy was in worse shape than most. Mussolini promised, and delivered, what others could not do, a stable government and society. Albeit, a few people had to be killed, but the majority were willing to live with that. His "rise" to power was yet another of his overblown "achievements", and the description on the tape of the Fascist "march" on Rome is correct, as opposed to the absurd description given by the Fascists. In fact, the weak King of Italy appointed Mussolini Prime Minister, as he lacked the backbone to stand up to him.
Unfortunately for Italy, Mussolini seemed to commit the sin that so many of his kind do, they begin to believe their own absurd rhetoric. Fancying himself an heir to the Caesars, he launched a series of military adventures, the first few of which were foolish, but not disasters, His biggest and most incomprehensible mistake was to join with Hitler in his war on the remainder of the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 813 March 21 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
This documentary is not to bad, it could have been better. A&E goes and states in the documentary that Mussolini was wounded fighting in the Alps of Italy, wounded by a grenade that went off near him, and in another instance they go and say Mussolini was a coward and never seen any action (duh).
At the end of the documentary they have an interview with Mussolini's grand daughter, she is definitely worth watching. You also see fascism is still alive today in Italy. A&E also shows Mussolini in Ethiopia, footage of his death, some speeches, the blackshirts, and other things.
This documentary could have been more pro Mussolini but with a title like "Mussolini, Italy's Nightmare" what do you expect. In my personal opinion Mussolini was one of the best things that ever happened in Italy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ? Feb. 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Maybe people should talk to people who lived under Mussolini, before giving there opinion on him. My family lived under Mussolini for several years and said he was a great leader and did more for the people then the leaders do today. Don't let the media distort the truth, like it usually does
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3.0 out of 5 stars He *was* a nightmare July 11 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Mussolini *was* a disaster for Italy and the Italian people. This negative bio is largely correct. Mussolini brought ruin to his people through arrogance, narcissism, and opportunism.
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