Ciambra
23 November 2017

The Smile of the Leader

original title:

IL SORRISO DEL CAPO

directed by:

screenplay:

Marco Bechis, Gigi Riva

world sales:

country:

Italy

year:

2011

film run:

73'

format:

Digi Beta Pal - colour & b/w

status:

Ready (13/11/2011)

festival & awards:

Through the images and the original soundtracks of material conserved at the Archivio Luce, the film is a reflection on the mechanisms behind the consensus-creating factory that was set in motion by Fascism. Just like the regime prepared young boys and girls to become good Fascist citizens, it constructed the image of a nation crucial to maintain international equilibrium, as it glorified its leader and his philosophy.