The March on Rome

Marcia su Roma

Italy 2022
In English and Italian, subtitles in English
98 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Mark Cousins
Screenplay: Mark Cousins, Tommaso Renzoni, Tony Saccucci
Cast: Alba Rohrwacher
Production: Carlo Degli Esposti, Nicola Serra / Palomar, Istituto Luca Cinecittà
Print Source: Edge Entertainment

Mark Cousins’s dynamic and entirely arresting documentary essay, with his distinctive collage of photos, clips and narrative voiceover, returns us to the grisly founding myth of European fascism for its 100th birthday: Benito Mussolini’s March on Rome in 1922: his ragged march of blackshirts from Naples to the capital. [--] Cousins also discusses the part played by the fledgling artform of cinema in promoting Mussolini’s supposed glamour and prestige, and in bringing its own delirious futurist excitement into alignment with fascism. Particularly, Cousins expertly deconstructs A Noi! or Us! by Umberto Paradisi, the propaganda film that created the mythology of the march and exaggerated its size and popular acclaim.

Peter Bradshaw / The Guardian