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Caesar and Claretta 

Robert Hardy and Helen Mirren star as Benito Mussolini and his lover Claretta Petacci in this dramatization of their last night together, locked in a small peasant cottage. Having admired ... See full summary »

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Claude Whatham

Writer:

Jack Russell (by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Helen Mirren ... Claretta Petacci
Robert Hardy ... Benito Mussolini
Robin Scobey Robin Scobey ... Pedro
Gary McDermott Gary McDermott ... Neri (as Garry McDermott)
Nick Llewellyn Nick Llewellyn ... Lino
Stephen Tate ... Cantoni
Gina Manicom Gina Manicom ... Lia
Oliver Cotton ... Giacomo
Donald Webster Donald Webster ... Valerio
Maurice Badi Maurice Badi ... Boy 1
Paul Tropea Paul Tropea ... Boy 2
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Robert Hardy and Helen Mirren star as Benito Mussolini and his lover Claretta Petacci in this dramatization of their last night together, locked in a small peasant cottage. Having admired Mussolini since she was a schoolgirl, Claretta finally had a chance to meet the Italian leader at the age of 24. For the next 10 years she was Mussolini's official mistress, and was the only woman with him when they and a group of supporters were captured by Communist partisans during an escape attempt. On April 28, 1945, Mussolini and Petacci were shot by their captors. Even though Claretta was offered her freedom, she refused to leave her lover, a touching declaration of a woman's love despite the dubious reputation of the object of her affections.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

César y Claretta See more »

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a two-hander tour de force
19 October 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'Caesar and Claretta' dramatises the last few hours in the lives of Benito Mussolini (El Duce, played by Robert Hardy) and his mistress Claretta (played by Helen Mirren).

With a short running time and a sparkling script by Jack Russell, this play zips along giving voice to these characters from history, from their capture and move to a safe house, to their eventual removal and murder. The play uses newsreels to set the scene before we see Mussolini, face obscured and silent, ushered into the house where he will spend his last hours with Claretta.

A minor piece but beautifully acted especially by Mirren, at this point at the start of her television career.


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