Vittorio Mussolini, the second child of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who dabbled briefly in filmmaking and made a documentary about his father in the early 1980s, died June 12of kidney failure at a clinic in Rome. He was 80.
During the 1930s and early 1940s, he was devoted to film, editing the journal Cinema and producing movies with early screenplays by Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni.
After Italy’s armistice with the Allies in 1943, he joined Nazi officials in Germany, making radio appeals for support of Benito Mussolini’s Fascist state in northern Italy.
In April of 1945, while attempting to escape to Switzerland, Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were captured by Italian partisans and summarily executed.
Following the war, Vittorio Mussolini immigrated to South America, where he traveled and operated a series of small restaurants.
He returned to Italy in the mid-1960s and, living on a pension, occasionally ventured into the film world, including the making of a documentary on his father in 1983.
In recent years, Mussolini lived in Villa Carpena, the Mussolini family residence in Predappio, where he organized family gatherings and tours.
His death leaves Romano Mussolini as the only surviving child of Il Duce. His eldest daughter, Edda Ciano, died two years ago. Another daughter, Anna Maria, died in 1968.
Vittorio Mussolini is survived by his four children and a niece, Allessandra Mussolini, a right-wing member of the Italian Parliament.