As the years go by, it's hard to remember everything one learns in high school, but I never forget the day my class dealt with the end of Benito Mussolini. Our teacher showed us what happened to the facist dictator after he was shot in Mezzegra, and then hung upside-down on a meat hook. It's not the kind of thing you forget. However, there's another troubling story, one during his life, that Italian director Marco Bellocchio is gearing up to tackle: "It's an Italian tragedy, a largely unknown story which I think will cause plenty of discussion."

RAI Cinema is already on-board for the project, which is in the final script stage and is about Mussolini's hidden family. In 2005, a documentary was shown in Italy that states that Mussolini was married to Ida Dalser, a beautician, before his rise to power. She then gave birth to Benito Albino Mussolini, their son. When the relationship turned sour, Fascist agents attempted to remove all proof of the relationship, and both were sent to asylums. Neither survived their crappy father/husband -- Benito died in 1942 at the age of 27, after a number of coma-inducing injections, and his mother died in 1937 of a brain haemorrhage. Will there be discussion as he hopes? I'd say that's for certain. This is not the first time that Bellocchio has been pulled into questionable bits of Italy's past for inspiration -- Good Morning, Night, his 2003 film, dealt with the 1978 kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro.
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