Mussolini puts D’Annunzio under surveillance

The poet Gabriele D’Annunzio and Benito Mussolini had a distant duel during the last years of the writer’s life. Mussolini spied on him and D’Annunzio manipulated him. This confrontation is the plot base of The poet and the spy, our featured movie of this month.

Other interesting premieres are Salvador, on the taking of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá in 1985; Massacre: Come and see, the restored version of the Soviet antiwar classic; The champion of Auschwitz, biopic about the fighter Tadeusz Pietrzykowski; and the third season of the series Genius, dedicated to singer Aretha Franklin.

The poet and the spy

Biographical drama

Director: Gianluca Jodice.
Department: Sergio Castellitto, Clotilde Courau, Tommaso Ragno.

The poet and the spy It is located in 1936, two years before the death of the decadentist writer and inspiration for fascism Gabriele D’Annunzio. At that time, in which Italy was ruled by Benito Mussolini, “il Vate” was considered a national hero (he participated as an aviator in the First World War) and a reference for the Italian extreme right after, in 1920, he founded the proto-fascist Free State of Fiume.

Tired and ill, he lived in retirement in the monumental villa Il Vittoriale, on the shores of Lake Garda (Brescia). Mussolini – whom D’Annunzio considered a vulgar imitator – praised him in public, but feared him in private. The fascist regime exploited his figure for propaganda purposes. However, as the film reflects, she spied on him for years because she was suspicious of his charisma and his influence on Italian society.

Starring local star Sergio Castellitto (Do not move, Delicious Martha), The poet and the spy recreates the tensions that arose between the writer and the Duce regarding a possible alliance between Italy and Hitler’s Germany, whom D’Annunzio despised. A pact that was finally signed in 1939, with the poet already dead.



Director: César Heredia Cruz.
Cast: Héctor García, Fabiana Medina, Fabio Velasco.

On November 6, 1985, guerrillas from the M-19 movement seized the Palace of Justice in Bogotá and held more than three hundred hostages in protest against the Army’s failure to comply with the ceasefire. The government’s response was an assault on the building in which 94 people died and 11 disappeared, including several magistrates, visitors and cafeteria employees.

This is the historical setting where the story that tells takes place Salvador, a romance between a taciturn tailor and a cheerful elevator operator who will be upset by the events of the capture of the palace.

Come and look

War drama

Director: Elem Klimov.
Reparto: Alexei Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius.


Director Elem Klimov was nine years old when Nazi German troops arrived in his hometown of Stalingrad. His experiences during the bloody battle served him to undertake the filming of his best-known film in 1985, Massacre (Come and see), released its restored version on Filmin.

Although the project was commissioned by the Soviet Union to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the victory in World War II, Klimov did not make a propaganda film, but an antiwar film: a stark tale of the Nazi invasion of Belarus as seen through the eyes of child.

The champion of Auschwitz


Director: Maciej Barczewski.
Reparto: Piotr Glowacki, Jan Szydlowski, Grzegorz Malecki.


“Who knows how to box?” This question saved several Auschwitz prisoners from death. The field officials were fond of boxing, and they liked to organize evenings for fun.

One such fighter was Tadeusz Pietrzykowski, a Polish soldier who was captured by the Nazis in 1940 when he was trying to rejoin General Sikorski’s troops in France. The champion of Auschwitz (Movistar) tells its story.

Pietrzykowski fought in the ring to save his life, although he did not stop putting it at risk by working for the resistance movement led by Witold Pilecki.

Genius: Aretha


Creator: Suzan-Lori Parks.
Reparto: Cynthia Erivo, Shaian Jordan, Marque Richardson.

Mussolini puts D'Annunzio under surveillance

After Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, it was Aretha Franklin’s turn. The third season of Genius, a series produced by National Geographic about great personalities in history (broadcast by Disney +), is dedicated to the “queen of soul.”

Created by Suzan-Lori Parks, writer of another biopic about a famous singer, The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021), and starring Cynthia Erivo (Oscar nominated for Harriet, in search of freedom), the series narrates in eight chapters the life of Franklin, emphasizing his musical achievements and his fight for civil rights.