Nazi uniforms at the cinema, storm over Fratelli d'Italia exponent

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By Blegug Nan

Nazi uniforms at the cinema, storm over Fratelli d'Italia exponent

"They exploited this case in a big way. No Nazi re-enactment, the partisans were supposed to come too but they didn't make it in time…". Contacted by Adnkronos, Bruno Cinque, the municipal councilor of the Fratelli d'Italia of Spilimbergo, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, who showed up a few evenings ago at the screening of the film 'The Commander' together with other people wearing uniforms from the times of the Reich , thus responds to the criticisms rained down on the protagonists of the initiative. The case has risen to national prominence, with the secretary of the Italian Left Nicola Fratoianni announcing a parliamentary question, while the Democratic Party speaks of a "grotesque and worrying" affair.

However, Cinque doesn't agree and tells his version of events. "A few days ago I met the president of the city's cinema circuit, who said to me: look, next week I have to screen 'The Commander' (the film set during the Second World War with Pierfrancesco Favino in the role of Admiral Todaro, ed.) , I know that you have had a military career, I would be happy if you could get some members of the weapons association to come and do some scenography. I accept and start to explore the availability of the members of the association, but I am all people of a certain age and my search turns out to be fruitless. So I contact a friend who organizes events around the region with his group of historical uniforms. And I ask him to send someone for the screening of the film…".

The scene is as follows: around 8.15pm, about 45 minutes after the start of the screening, the spectators of the Cinema Teatro Miotto in Spilimbergo find themselves in Wehrmacht uniforms in the room, amidst shocked faces and snickers. "I too – says Cinque – arrive in uniform, dressed as an Italian tank driver from the Second World War. In total there are four of us dressed as Germans and three dressed as Italian soldiers".

But someone is missing, and it's not a small detail: "The people who were supposed to dress as Italian and Tito partisans didn't have time to arrive." And this, according to the Fdi advisor and former soldier, will prove crucial. "Furthermore – he adds – there was supposed to be a presentation of our initiative five minutes before the screening, to put everything into context. But the room filled up and the film started. In the end people left immediately. So no presentation: we took a photo and left."

Cinque says he is sorry for the controversy but sends the accusations of apologia for fascism back to the sender: "We had no 'nostalgic' intent – Cinque reiterates to Adnkronos – it was all casual. I guarantee that there was no desire to give visibility to things that are far from us." However, the worry remains: "If only the two dressed as partisans had arrived, the matter would have ended there…".

(by Antonio Atte)

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