Saturday, June 5, 2021

A Foolish Revolt: La marcia su Roma (1962)

La marcia su Roma
(1962) is more relevant today than ever before.  

The film presents the story of two buffoonish young men (Vittorio Gassman and Ugo Tognazzi) who are recruited by the Fascist Party to carry out violent political protests.  

At one point, a group of fascists burn down a building that belongs to the Communist Party.  One fascist points out that this action contradicts the fascists' principle of freedom of speech.  His friend replies, "They have freedom of speech, we have the freedom of beating them up.  If they do not want to speak because they are afraid, so. . ."  

A retired judge expresses his contempt for them.  He tells them, "You are irresponsible folk, but it is not all your fault.  When zealotry takes the place of reason, the road is always full of deceptions.  And the greatest deception is this: That one believes in loving one's nation only if this nation is a place where everyone thinks in the same way.  And this is how one ends up loving a nation of slaves and doesn't realize that they themselves are slaves."

Here's a scene from the film.

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