In the TV film “The Long Night” Rai recounts the fall of Mussolini

Series in three double episodes broadcast on Rai1 on 29, 30, 31 January, produced by Luca Barbareschi with Eliseo Entertainment and Rai Fiction, protagonist Alessio Boni

Three double episodes, broadcast in prime time on Rai 1 for three consecutive evenings, Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st January, as well as in the box set of Rai Playto “follow the story as quickly as possible and maintain the thriller atmosphere”, as he explains Maria Pia Ammirati president of Rai Fiction, presenting the series in the Zavoli room in Viale Mazzini ‘The long night: the fall of the Duce’ produced by Luca Barbareschi with Eliseo Entertainment and Rai Fiction and directed by Giacomo Campiotti, on a story written by the screenwriter Franco Bernini with Bernardo Pellegrini, with Alessio Boni protagonist in the role of Dino Grandi and a cast composed among others of Duccio Camerini for Benito Mussolini, Martina Stella for Clara Petacci, Luigi Diberti for Vittorio Emanuele III, Maurizio Donadoni, Aurora Ruffino in the role of Princess Maria Josè, Marco Foschi, Lucrezia Guidone, Ana Caterina Morariu.

The story recounts the three weeks of July 1943 that led to the fall of Mussolini and the fascist dictatorship. “History is always complicated, made up of men and women, of borders to defend or extend, of great events that concern the country and of common events that affect daily lives – he observes Maria Pia Ammirati, president of Rai Fiction – In this series there is no nostalgic intent – he is keen to point out – but there is an analysis of the facts that becomes dramaturgy, in the wake of the historical representation of fascism, Nazism and the Second World War, investigating the political and social climate weather”.

Luca Barbareschi reveals that “the project was born from a phone call received from the author Franco Bernini and from his theatrical writing. Then, that subject became a ‘necessary story’, to be told also to deal with the past, with what happened, otherwise you won’t grow – warns the producer – We need to become literate in order to have aware generations who can then make their free choices. Unfortunately – Barbareschi complains – we live in a time of absolute stupidity, where the triumph of the idiot has great strength… I am proud to have produced this TV series and Rai’s responsibility in the education of our country remains important”.

The author and screenwriter Franco Bernini he states: “As a man of the left, I was struck by this story which sees a meeting of fascists to overthrow Mussolini, the leader of fascism. It is a sort of manual on how to overthrow a dictator: I hope they ‘read’ it at most soon also in Russia…”. And the historian Pasquale Chessawho collaborated on the subject, assures that “here the historical event is respected almost to the letter, in a dramaturgy that allows itself very little poetic license. We represent in a historiographical way an episode that in truth is difficult to tell, in the absence even of a report of that session of the Grand Council of Fascism”.

For his part, Alessio Boni protagonist of the TV film in the role of Dino Grandi, underlines the historical paradox for which “a dictator like Mussolini was deposed by a vote, among other things wanted by himself even if with the aim of unmasking the ‘traitors’ and then making them shot, thus shooting himself in the foot after the King’s refusal. At school, this transition from the regime of Mussolini to the Badoglio government and Rai, which is a public service, has the duty to do so. It was easy – observes the actor – to slip into heroism, do-goodism, rhetoric, which instead were completely avoided, telling everything as if in a thriller.”

(Of Enzo Bonaiuto)