CASTING 28-YEAR-OLD VICTOR PERANTONI.
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
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 top
style: 'pantaloni alla
zuava' (baggy knickerbockers) -
– sports 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
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!
continues to be cast in this same manner over the
wartime years prior to the Allied invasion(1939-1943)
as he gradually changes his view about the Duce and
1943, Victor marries Luigina during the
period that the
Allies take Sicily ... and the King has
Mussolini arrested. Their honeymoon will
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 ... to cause diarrhea!
liberation and jubilation to Victor, but 1946
brings betrayal and desolation as his reality disturbs him
with all that the war had caused.