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694 Ratings


Directed by Marco Bellocchio
Italy, France, 2009
Biography, Drama, Romance


Vincere presents Mussolini’s rise to power through a fictional retelling of his seduction and catastrophically violent betrayal of his reputed first wife, Ida Dalser, and their son. Like much of Italy, Dalser abandoned herself to him body and soul.

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Vincere Directed by Marco Bellocchio
Timi channels Klaus Kinski in his virtuoso reading of Mussolini, projecting with the full force of his muscular frame. In contrast, Mezzogiorno superbly expresses Dalser’s decline from sultry assurance to anguished obsession.
May 13, 2010
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In summary, VINCERE suggests the fatuous historical dramas that usually sweep the Academy Awards; in execution, it may be the most tantalizing film of Bellocchio’s venerable career. The first half… has a pulsating momentum that’s all but irresistible: This is the sort of filmmaking that bypasses the eyes and ears and goes straight for the central nervous system. But VINCERE is not only a great formal achievement; it’s a singularly complex portrait of History.
April 02, 2010
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To be sure, the director’s a formidable film artist, technically accomplished and sensationally riveting when working at the top of his game. That’s part of what makes Vincere such a grandiose whiff. A younger filmmaker might be forgiven the flashy, combustive excesses ofVincere’s thunderous march through time, which neither advances a coherent vision of epoch-defining events nor does the hard work of establishing Dalser’s legitimacy as a saintly figure worthy of sustained empathy.
April 01, 2010
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