CASTING VICTOR PERANTONI: 18-year-old
concludes with the 1929 Fascist luncheon scene.
The next scenes are forwarded to August 1939. Victor
is recast as a handsome 28-year-old young man. He's
a successful wine merchant with plenty connections,
most which are females! He's Italian, and he flaunts it,
except in Italy where he exults being from the renown
and vibrant city of "Leopoli" (Lwów) ...
... in Poland's distant east!
He keeps every stitch of his apparel sporting the best
taste of Italy's youth styles ... that being, the civilian
Fascist Youth attire. He dresses elegant, always in
style: 'pantaloni alla zuava' (baggy knickerbockers) -
coat - tie - and always exhibiting his Fascist
PNF badge that Mussolini gave him 10-years earlier,
at the "Winiarnia
Italia" in 1929.
His style is
very popular in Italy and quite attractive
elsewhere in Europe, but mostly to members of the
opposite sex! He's
a serious wine merchant with lots
of class. The class of a well-off Fascist playboy!
He continues to be cast in this same manner over
wartime years prior to the Allied invasion(1939-1943)
as he gradually
changes his view about the Duce and
Fascism. In 1943, Victor
marries Luigina during the
period that the Allies take Sicily ... and the King
Mussolini arrested. Their honeymoon will be during
the Allied landings – The
invasion of Italy's mainland.
Then, 1944 and 1945 are years of heightened emotions
as Victor's opinion about Fascism
matures and its deadly
fallacy becomes evident. Victor reverses his regard for
Mussolini and he's
appalled by the Duce's blunders that
Carlo had been foretelling and teaching him ...
... since he was eighteen.
1944 Victor secretely proclaims to family and friends
in Volargne about his new anti-Fascist posture and he
conspires with Carlo and Luigi in acts of biological
against the Wehrmacht by spiking their
supplies of wine ... causing diarrhea.
liberation and jubilation to Victor, but 1946
brings betrayal and desolation as his reality disturbs him
with all that the war had caused.