GenreBiography, Drama, History Duration CountryItaly
WriterCarlo Lizzani, Fabio Pittorru Release date1975 (1975) ScreenplayCarlo Lizzani, Fabio Pittorru CastRod Steiger (Mussolini), Franco Nero (Walter Audisio), Lisa Gastoni (Claretta Petacci), Giacomo Rossi-Stuart (Jack Donati) Similar moviesBenito Mussolini movies, Rod Steiger movies, Movies about Italy
Last Days of Mussolini (Italian: Mussolini: Ultimo atto) is a 1975 Italian drama film directed by Carlo Lizzani and starring Rod Steiger, Franco Nero and Lisa Gastoni. The film depicts the down fall of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
In 1945, Benito Mussolini goes to Milan to talk with Archbishop Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster in order that he help him to escape from Italy. The Republic of Salò, the last bastion of fascism, is decaying, and the Americans, along with the partisans are about to win over Milan. Mussolini flees, pursued by his lover Claretta Petacci, and manages to get to the northern village of Dongo. There he clashes with the Germans, who order him to disguise himself as an officer of Germany rather than be captured by the partisans. Mussolini accepts without objection, always hoping for a revolt of his loyal fascists, but they are in jeopardy. When Mussolini's recognized, the leader of the partisans: Walter Audisio would like to first give him to the Americans, so that Mussolini is regularly processed. But the war crimes of the Duce are too many, and so Audisio finally decides to shoot him in front of the Villa Belmone in the village of Giulino, with his female companion.
Rod Steiger as Benito Mussolini
Franco Nero as Walter Audisio 'Valerio'
Lisa Gastoni as Claretta Petacci
Lino Capolicchio as Pierluigi Bellini delle Stelle 'Pedro'
Henry Fonda as Cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster