SD CINEMATOGRAFICA was formed in 1961 as a production company. Since its founding, the company has produced Films, Variety Programmes, and Science and Cultural documentaries for the Italian public broadcaster RAI and other leading international television companies. In recent years the company has focused on wildlife, Science and History documentaries with such success that it now counts National Geographic Channels, Discovery Channels, TF1, ARTE, NHK, TSR, ARD/BR, PBS and ZDF, as well as RAI and Mediaset, among its clients. Many SD documentaries have won major international prizes at the world’s leading festivals, including Academy Award, Emmy and Banff nominations. Today SD Cinematografica has over 800 hours of programming to its name. [abs]







Fabio Toncelli

SD Cinematografica

70 min.


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The fall of the Fascist regime and Benito Mussolini on 25 July 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, is one of the most important events in Italy's history, one of those moments that marks a watershed in the collective nation's memory. We have always been told that Mussolini unexpectedly found himself in a minority during a session of the Grand Council of Fascism and thus deposed and arrested. A simple version, but.... false! The documentary describes what was really happening behind the scenes during those days though colour footage, evidence, intercepted phone calls and original eyewitness accounts of the amazing series of unknown conspiracies and secret plots that brought down the Fascist regime. For the first time, we hear the recollections of the friend and confessor to Dino Grandi, who wrote the proposal that placed Mussolini in a minority, and who had been one of the conspirators in a plot to kill Hitler and Mussolini just days earlier. Who stopped them and why? Above all, for the very first time we see a document that had been lost until now, entitled: "Minutes of the meeting of the Grand Council of Fascism of 25 July 1943". From this emerges the possibility of a conspirator who has remained in the shadows until now, perhaps the only person who always really knew what was going on, and who tried to manipulate events to his own ends.

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