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(CONTINUED …)  The film will depict accounts of forgotten history such as, how Fascism had begun as a "Youth Movement" in the 1920s - More forgotten history such as Mussolini's repeated rejections of Adolf Hitler's friendship for more than ten years prior to accepting his rapport ... And why, for many years, did Mussolini refer to Hitler as "a silly little monkey"? ... 

Another forgotten fact was that in 1922, after the great Spanish Flu pandemic, Mussolini told the Italian people that shaking hands transmits disease. So he told them JUST TO RAISE YOUR HAND and WAVE A GREETING instead of shaking hands! In time his Fascist "Black Shirts would change the "greeting wave" into military style. Ten years later, Hitler's Nazi Germany adopted it as the official "Nazi Salute." It was only a stem for contagion of Spanish Flu!
Our script contains other similar unusual accounts. 

Victor was an 18-year-old completely absorbed in the 'Fascist Youth Movement' in 1929, when Benito Mussolini held a luncheon
and gave a speech in Carlo's "Winiarnia Italia" wine and pasta tavern.
At the luncheon, he had been given the honor of singing the lead to
the Fascist national anthem titled "Giovinezza" accompanied by the glory of his beloved Duce and the other men in the hall. 
(The Fascist national anthem's title "Giovinezza" means "Youth")

But, the loyalty of Carlo Perantoni was for King Victor Emmanuel III who had appointed him as Honorary Vice Consul soon after the First World War, in 1919 prior to the Fascist movement.  Carlo had doubts about Mussolini and Fascism, and he tactfully shared his concerns
with Luigi and Victor, his two sons.

Luigi capably learned from his father, but Carlo had to remain patient with Victor, letting him learn for himself over the years, especially during the war, as the Duce's Fascist rule resulted in critical blunders that Carlo had warned Victor about. So, Carlo remained patient with Victor.


CASTING VICTOR PERANTONI: 18-year-old Victor
concludes with the 1929 Fascist luncheon scene.

The next scenes are forwarded  to August 1939 where Victor is recast as a handsome 28-year-old young man.  He's become a successful wine merchant with international 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 young stylishness ... that being, civilian Fascist Youth.
He dresses elegant, always in style: 'pantaloni alla zuava'
(
baggy knickerbockers) - sports coat - tie - and always exhibiting his Fascist PNF badge
 which Mussolini gave
to 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 the next scenes (1939-1943) as he gradually changes his view about the Duce and Fascism.  In 1943 Victor marries Luigina during the period in which Mussolini is arrested and the Allies take Sicily.  Their honeymoon will be during 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 inverts his regard for Mussolini and he's appalled by the Duce's blunders which Carlo had been foretelling
to him and teaching him, since he was eighteen. 

In 1944 Victor secretely proclaims to family and friends in Volargne about his new anti-Fascist posture and conspires with Carlo and Luigi in acts of biological sabotage against the Wehrmacht by spiking their supplies of Valpolicella wine.

1945 brings liberation with jubilation to Victor, but 1946 brings betrayal and desolation as his reality disturbs him with all that the war had caused.

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VICTOR BECOMES ANTI-FASCIST.  During the early war years
(1940-1943) Victor continues to display faith in Fascism, but inwardly he's doubtful as Italy's involvement in the war escalates, and his hopes of returning to Lwów diminish.  He crosses the threshold into devoted anti-Fascism on the day Volargne is destroyed, 21 November, 1944.
That day Victor blames Nazi-Fascism for his loss of BOTH TOWNS OF HIS YOUTH: Lwów in 1939 and Volargne in 1944.

On 21 November 1944, Victor finally loses all faith in Fascism as he finds himself walking over the dust and rubble of his beloved Italian hometown, Volargne di Dolcé.  On that day Volargne had been completely and instantaneously destroyed due to the workings of northern Italy's Nazi-Fascist regime.  The town had been blown to dust and rubble as a direct result of Mussolini's association with Adolf Hitler.

One of our most touching scenes shows Victor "in the devastated rubble of his youth" where he finally realizes the truth that his father had asserted to him since the 1929 Fascist luncheon in the "Winiarnia Italia."  There, in the rubble, in the presence of the injured and the dead, and with loud treasonous explosive emotion, Victor disavows his loyalty to Italy's Duce, and he renounces Fascism altogether.

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Circumstances of the controversy.  In addition to being a wine shop, a tavern, and the anchor for Carlo Perantoni’s wine & spirits import and export business, the “Winiarnia Italia” also served as Warsaw's Italian Consulate extension office for Italy's Foreign Affairs in Southeast Poland. Carlo Perantoni was the Honorary Vice-Consul.

During the 1920s and early 1930s, Mussolini and his Fascist movement enjoyed worldwide admiration.  By 1939, however, the popularity of Fascism in Italy had begun a drastic decline when the infamous “Pact of Steel” with Germany had been signed. Unexpectedly, and contrary to Italian sentiment, the pact forced Italy into Germany’s
war the following year. Despite great disapproval, the pact also allowed German military units on Italian soil.

Fascism and the war had caused a total collapse of Italy’s economy and infrastructure.  The Allied Military Government Ruled Italy until September 1945 and then put its people under the control of local city-governments with national infrastructure similar to that of medieval Italy!

The Allies, however, allowed sufficient centralization for a national referendum to take place in June 1946The referendum was to maintain the monarchy or to choose a new republic.
The Italian people chose to establish a new republic.

In that early post-war period of 12 months, various political groups in Italy began to seek gainful positions which would become available in 1946.  The period escalated a political conflict with Italy’s large Communist Party, members of which had been secretly anti-Fascist in earlier years, but now their voices and accusations were being heard.
 
This caused the opposing parties (mostly democratic) to rid Italy of many documents and records of the Fascist period which might’ve been used for political gain by the Communist party.

No doubt that records of Mussolini’s trip to Poland had been lost in that way.  Some might be obtainable soon, due to documents recently discovered and other records made declassified in 2016. Hopefully, these newly-found resources might become available online.

Mussolini’s luncheon and speech held in the main hall of our "Winiarnia Italia" are the opening scenes of our screenplay.

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