The story of the descent into madness of Mussolinis secret first wife, Ida Dasler, who was seduced by his passion and vigour but blind to the fascist dictator\'s many flaws. A historical drama with the passion, lyricism and tragedy of a classical Italian opera. Nominated for the Palme d\'Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Release Date:2009-05-19 Runtime:128
(based on 29 votes)
Status:Released Production Companies :Celluloid Dreams,Rai Cinema,Offside Production Countries :Italy
The story of Mussolinis secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.
"An astute study of amour fou and a cautionary tale about how the worship of false idols can lead to personal and national collapse."David Jenkins
"The untold story of how fascist strongman Benito Mussolini rose to power by trampling on the woman who loved him is a bracingly cinematic lesson in how all politics is personal."Joe Williams
"Vincere is a thrilling period drama about the power of delusions."Colin Covert
"A passionate, bold look at power, paranoia and betrayal in a little-known corner of history, Vincere is steamy, sad and so Italian it feels like an opera."Tom Long
"Giovanna Mezzogiorno plays Ida, and if you know Mezzogiorno you know instantly why this film is worth seeing."Mick LaSalle
"With wild collages of newsreel footage, swirling newspaper headlines, text, and music, Bellocchio fashions a melodrama of epic proportions."Steven Rea
"The film is beautifully well-mounted. The locations, the sets, the costumes, everything conspire to re-create the Rome of that time. It provides a counterpoint to the usual caricature of Mussolini."Roger Ebert
"Mezzogiorno plays Dalser with the kind of fervent intensity once seen in silent films..."Lisa Schwarzbaum
"Here, in microcosm, is the tragedy of totalitarianism and its impact on the human soul."Peter Rainer
"An intense and intriguing, if at times uneven, film with Italian director Marco Bellocchio wringing every drop of emotion out of his actors and his audience before it is over."Betsy Sharkey
"The movie, a near-masterpiece, is a monument to intoxication: of sexual conquest, of military conquest, and, most of all, of cinema."David Edelstein