Fascism in Colour

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History Documentary hosted by Bill Paterson, published by Channel 5 in 2006 - English narration

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A two-part film on Benito Mussolini and fascism, presented for the first time in colour. It is the story of fascism's violent roots, and its dream of restoring the glories of the Roman Empire. Benito Mussolini became well known as the leader of the National Fascist Party and the main founder of fascism after his return from WWI. The war had altered his outlook on life; once a reformer, he became obsessed with the idea of power and started to refer to himself as Il Duce. His apparent successes and glorification of violence encouraged Adolf Hitler to organise Germany on the same fascist principles. "FASCISM IN COLOUR" provides a fascinating yet disturbing account of Il Duce's desire for power, his totalitarian dictatorship and his alliance with Hitler that led to the death of 55 million people. Based on descriptions of events written at the time; letters, diary entries, secret memos and telephone taps, this is a truly remarkable record of the man who ultimately became Hitler's pawn. Rare archival colour footage keeps Il Duce's arrogance and his ruthless rule of violence, intimidation and murder very much alive. Produced and Directed by Chris Oxley ; An IWC Media co-production for Channel Five in association with Discovery Channel

[edit] Seizure of Power

Episode one is about how Mussolini seized power through systematic intimidation, violence and murder. Yet the Fascists were supported by the Italian monarchy, the Vatican and some world leaders, amongst whom was Winston Churchill. Pope Pious Xl, said Mussolini was sent by 'Divine Providence'. While Winston Churchill called him the 'Roman Genius'.

[edit] Mussolini in Power

Episode two is about Mussolini in power, as the world's first fascist prime minister. Mussolini dreamt of restoring the glories of the Roman Empire. But military disasters in World War Two left Italy with a legacy of death and destruction.
Mussolini's ambitions are seen through the eyes of Galeazzo Ciano. As Foreign Minister and Mussolini's son-in-law, Ciano witnessed the Fascist dictator's cowardice in his dealings with Hitler.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3
Video Bitrate: 2 011 Kbps
Video Resolution: 720x400
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 29.970 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 50mn 4s
Number Of Parts: 2
Part Size: 789 MB
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