ITALY: No. 1 Facist

Returning alone and tired to his Villa Torlonia home one evening some years ago, Benito Mussolini decided on the spur of the moment to go into a cinema. He entered and took a seat, unrecognized. Presently, his own limber face flashed on the screen. Everyone present stood up and applauded, except Il Duce. His secret enjoyment of the demonstration was interrupted by a man behind him who leaned over and whispered: "Better stand up and clap, pal. They'll arrest you if you don't."

This incident, which is supposed to have happened early in the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!