A pet project of Benito Mussolini's, this film alone was enough to get Il Duce hanged by his heels and spat upon. It is one of the few films which deserves to be judged entirely on its intentions, as opposed to the images on the screen. The plot (for the curious) details the life and
accomplishments of the young Scipio (played by Ninchi), who talked the Senate into letting him invade Africa in 202 B.C. Scipio wound up with a remarkable victory over the Carthaginians, returning to his home soil as a hero. It seems that Mussolini thought this story would greatly inspire troops
and troops-to-be into fighting for his cause. Already having one screen credit to his name ...