Mussolini gets second life on YouTube

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A cache of propaganda and historical videos, starring Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, is now available for viewing on YouTube.

The dedicated YouTube channel is a collection of nearly 30,000 newsreels since 1924, primarily filmed by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà. The archive provides a treasure-trove of information about both Mussolini's reign, as well as Italian life during this time — particularly useful for history students.

Speaking with The Guardian, Google's manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Carlo d'Asaro Biondo said that "the films about fascism make us understand and enhance our critical spirit".

"I am not sure if its good to make fun, but they seem quite funny," he added.

While there are many videos showcasing the dictator's mastery of the moving image as propaganda, there are plenty of amusing moments to be had — highlighting his ability for, shall we say, showmanship. Most importantly, this historical archive, made available to the public, helps us remember the importance of learning from our recent past.

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