Tea with Mussolini

Tea with Mussolini

Tea with Mussolini

  Florence in the thirties of last century: Luca (Charlie Lucas), the illegitimate son of a businessman who is to be deported after the death of his mother in an orphanage. But preventing white Mary Wallace (Joan Plowright), the secretary of the tailor, too. Henceforth take care of the secretary and her friends, including the widow of the former British ambassador, Lady Hester Random (Maggie Smith) and Arabella Delancey (Judi Dench) to the boy. Even the rich American Jew Elsa (Cher), who knew the mother of Luca good care of the orphans by funds invests, which will secure its financial independence.

When the fascist mob in Florence by the streets and attracts a rampage, Lady Hester procured an audience with the Duce and can assure him that neither she nor her friends bent would be a hair – a gesture that it leads to the illusion that she was under the protection of Mussolini. The reality is different: This is the “Scorpioni” – the nickname of the sharp-tongued circle around Mary Wallace and Lady Hester – shortly after the outbreak of World War II in an Italian internment camp in San Gimignano set as “enemy aliens”. After entry into the war will also Elsa, despised by the Englishwomen American Jew, brought to San Gimignano and even took out the prison part in the actions of the Resistance, which brings the ladies and their now grown-protégé Luca (Baird Wallace) in serious trouble …

veteran Franco Zeffirelli has staged with Tea with Mussolini / Tea with Mussolini, a wonderful film that stand out in the two main actresses in particular – Maggie Smith who is in his usual brilliant way, the dotty Lady Hester Random, and Cher which are seldom so much wit and charm in a movie as in this broadcast. Atmospherically dense and studded with sharp-tongued dialogue director manages the balancing act between moving white light entertainment and drama in front of a huge historical background, perhaps this is what ails that the viciousness of fascism in the chatter of the nice English ladies threaten to sink a little.
(# ) (Joachim Kurz)

Title: Tea with Mussolini Original Title: Tea with Mussolini Country of production: Italy, Great Britain Year of production: 1999 Length: 116 (Min)

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