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Italian Fascists in Colour

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Brand new special, ‘Italian Fascists In Colour ‘, explores how before the iron fist of Stalin, before Hitler, before even Franco there was Il Duce - Benito Mussolini, master of the filmed image, and his Blackshirts - his fascisti. Now, for the first time on television, the dramatic and violent story of the original Fascist movement is told in colour. It is the story of fascism's violent roots, and its dream of restoring the glories of the Roman Empire. Mussolini seized power through systematic intimidation, violence and murder. Yet the Fascists were supported by the Italian monarchy, the Vatican and some world leaders, amongst whom was Winston Churchill. Pope Pious Xl, said Mussolini was sent by 'Divine Providence', while Winston Churchill called him the 'Roman Genius'. The show culminates in fascist Italy's military disasters and its humiliating end.