‘Cinquant’ anni di vita italiana’ (‘Fifty years of Italian life’ – ep.3: 1919-1924 crisis of democracy)

(ID Teca: C23)

This extract illustrates the power takeover by fascism, from the weak Facta government to the march on Rome and the settlement of the first Mussolini government. It’s part of an ‘editing’ documentary, taken from the ten-part series that is by far the first major historical reconstruction produced by the still young public television. As a result of three years of preparation and edited by the well-known Vaticanist and liberal essayist Silvio Negro, the series was broadcast on the (then only) National Channel from December 1958 (this extract aired precisely on Sunday 28th December), obtaining a huge success with the public.