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Published on Jul 23, 2016
In September 1927 Benito Mussolini, the fascist prime minister of Italy, appeared in one of the first sight-and-sound newsreels in history, screening just before the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau's film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.
"I am very glad to be able to express my friendly feelings toward the American nation. Friendship with which Italy looks at millions of citizens who, from Alaska to Florida, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, live in the United States, Italy is deeply rooted in our hearts. This feeling created by mutual interests so contributed to preparation of an even brighter era in the lives of both nations.
I greet with wonderful energy the American people and I see and recognize among you the salt of your land, as well as ours, my fellow citizens who are working to make America great.
I salute the great American people. I salute the Italians of America who unite in a single love of two nations."