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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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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.Read more ›
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.
This video, from the A&E Biography series, is probably about as good a life of the Italian dictator as we'll get in less than an hour. Mussolini's transition from socialism to fascism is awfully abrupt, as if he woke up one morning and decided, for no particular reason, to start the Fascist Party. One would like to have heard more about Fascism's roots in socialism and syndicalism. Nevertheless, this is the best video life of Mussolini currently available.
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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... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002
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... Read morePublished on July 11 2001
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