Aldo Moro – Il Presidente * Gianluca Maria Tavarelli (2008)

A tv series or film in two parts (of about 90 minutes) about Aldo Moro (1916-1978), former president (several times) of Italy who was kidnapped aby the Brigate Rosse (Red Brigades). Another history lesson in a turbulent time in political Italy. Moro was may no longer been the actual leader of the Democrazia Cristiana (Christian Democrates, or DC), but he was influential enough for the Red Brigades to choose Moro as their victim. The Red Brigades is an extreme leftwing group that wants to destabilise Italian politics in the hope that the Italian people will turn to their side. The Red Brigades shy no means and are considered a terrorist group. Ironically Moro had just started with an effort to have his DC cooperate with the Partito Comunista Italiano (Italian Communist Party, PCI) just around the time the Brigades are planning his kidnap. The first half of the film (DVD 1) shows Moro in his private and political life and we follow the Brigades members in their planning of the kidnap. In the second half Moro is in the hands of the Brigades and an interesting clash develops between the Brigades members who are in doubt of the effect of their action in the light of recent events and Moro who uses his political skills to try to make the best of the situation. There is no need to say much more about the story, since it is all history. This leaves me to say that what we see is in the same time as in which the great film “Il Divo” plays, a film about the then current president Giulio Andreotti and consequentally a time that goes over in the mafia hunts of Giovani Falcone. Apparently Italy harboured some violent organisations of varried breed and judging “Il Divo” also politicians did not shy some violence. In “Aldo Moro” we see political hardliners and politicians who are willing to negotiate for the best result. The clash between very opposing parties, the DC are a central-right party on paper, but it is obvious that they have a far-right wing, then there are the communists which are of course far left, sometimes “the socialists” are mentioned, but I have not heard of more political parties in this film. The film is interesting from a historical point of view, also psychologically the film is interesting, but (perhaps because it is ‘but’ a TV production?) “Aldo Moro” is not really good. Still worth the watch if you are interested in a little lesson in history.

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