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Il delitto Matteotti (1973)

How the Italian Fascist Party managed to turn the physical elimination of a political enemy into a test of strength fundamental for the ascent into the totalitarian regime.


Florestano Vancini


Lucio Battistrada (story and screenplay) (as Lucio M. Battistrada), Florestano Vancini (story and screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Mario Adorf ... Benito Mussolini
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Antonio Gramsci
Damiano Damiani ... Giovanni Amendola
Vittorio De Sica ... Mauro Del Giudice
Giulio Girola Giulio Girola ... King Victor Emanuel III
Manuela Kustermann Manuela Kustermann ... Ada Gobetti
Renzo Montagnani ... Umberto Tancredi
Gastone Moschin ... Filippo Turati
Stefano Oppedisano Stefano Oppedisano ... Piero Gobetti
Umberto Orsini ... Amerigo Dumini
Franco Nero ... Giacomo Matteotti
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurizio Arena ... Communist Activist
Andrea Aureli ... Police Commissioner
Cesare Barbetti Cesare Barbetti ... Cesare Rossi
Pietro Biondi Pietro Biondi ... Filippo Filippelli


How the Italian Fascist Party managed to turn the physical elimination of a political enemy into a test of strength fundamental for the ascent into the totalitarian regime.

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13 September 1973 (Italy) See more »

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The Assassination of Matteotti See more »

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The film takes place in 1924 and 1925. See more »

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Bravo Signor Mario Adorf !
16 January 2019 | by JAP_EMAILSee all my reviews

This film may or may not like for a variety of different reasons, but as far as I'm concerned, it's definitely worth seeing even just for the superb interpretation of the "Duce" by Mario Adorf. Personally, I do not like the film inasmuch it's clearly hagiographic, for the benefit of the "winners", as always sadly happens; the History doesn't earn any good: all the ills are attributed to the "bad and ugly" ones and all the merits are attributed to the "handsome (so to speak) and good" ones . Before viewing this film, I considered Mario Adorf a good character-actor, able to get by in the most disparate roles, but still as a side actor. Considering this role - not at all simple for a non-Italian, and what's more of Teutonic origin - I have gladly changed my mind and reconsidered his other interpretations with different eyes. The few scenes in which he appears - albeit dubbed by the equally splendid Ivo Garrani, that gives him the right dialectal accent - are beautiful cameos, and if I see this film willingly when it goes on TV, it is just to enjoy his interpretation. A performance that is certainly the result of a profound study of historical footage. He's never above the lines , not forced nor trivial. If I can push myself to the paradox, he is even more credible than Mussolini himself. It would have deserved - on that occasion in my humble opinion - the Oscar for best supporting actor. Bravo Signor Mario Adorf !

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