Tea with Mussolini / Чай с Муссолини (1999)
DVD Video | 1hr 52mn | PAL 16:9 | 720x576 | 6.43 Gb
English / French / German / Spanish / Russian: Dolby AC3, 2 ch
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Czech, Polish, Magyar
Genre: Drama | Comedy | War | Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations
Semi-autobiographical tale from the early life of director Franco Zeffirelli looks at the illegitimate son of an Italian businessman. The boy's mother has died, and he is raised by an Englishwoman in pre-WWII Fascist Italy. Living to each other in Florence, and presided over by an ambassador's widow, a group of Englishwomen live a sheltered existence which they believe is guaranteed personal protection in a tea reception given by Il Duce. However, as war breaks out, the women are interned. Occasionally in this English colony is a wealthy American, who visits among her travels and marriages to wealthy older men. She respects the "Scorpioni", as they are known, and secretly arranges for their stay in a hotel. The ambassador's widow finds her vulgar and tries to ignore her, but when the United States enters the war, the American too is taken into custody.