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ItalianIl Giovane Mussolini
SpanishEl joven Mussolini
Written byVincenzo Cerami,
Mimmo Rafele,
Lidia Ravera
Directed byGianluigi Calderone
StarringAntonio Banderas,
Susanne Lothar,
Toni Bertorelli
Original languageItalian
Running time307 minutes
Original release
Release1993 (1993)

Benito (Il Giovane Mussolini in Italian) is an Italian TV miniseries regarding the story of Benito Mussolini's early rise to power[1][2] in the Socialist International and his relationship with Angelica Balabanoff. It was made in 1993 by RTVE of Spain, Rai Due of Italy, Microfilm, and the Kirch Company. It stars Antonio Banderas as Mussolini.


Mussolini arrives in a small town in 1901 and gets a job as a school teacher; he is subsequently fired for having sex with the headmaster's daughter. This would be a common theme throughout the movie. After giving up on teaching, he works as a builder on the new University of Geneva campus building, and where a lover persuades him to become a student. This is also where he organizes his first protest after the death of a worker he knew. For this, he is nearly deported but is saved by Angelica's intervention. After getting run out of then-Austro-Hungarian Trieste, he goes back to his hometown of Forlì, where he marries Rachele. Soon he is at the forefront of the Socialist movement when he becomes the editor-in-chief of Avanti!. At this point Mussolini unites the "reds," the Socialists, with the "yellows," the Republicans in an anti-war movement. This marks the peak of his power, with the Italian left-wing politics under his control. However, he gradually loses his anti-war fervor and splits from the Socialist party altogether, turning all his allies into enemies.



  1. ^ "TVE y la RAI presentan 'El joven Mussolini' con Antonio Banderas". El País (in Spanish). 11 June 1993. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  2. ^ Kitchen, Matthew (14 June 2013). "The 8 Best Film Roles Based on History's Worst Villains". Esquire. Retrieved 24 February 2024.

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