In times of crisis, disappointment and disaffection with politics in Italy, a show with Academy Award winner Benigni on the Constitution's fundamental principles gathers consensus and attention.
The Benigni TV comeback show was a real tribute to the Italian Constitution, written after the fall of fascism, and that the Tuscan comedian has described as "extraordinary."
The film director's show, praising politics and promoting participation, hit about a 44% audience share, an amazing result for a show remarking that " The Constitution, which places human dignity at its core, is the solution to all problems;" considering the current crisis and the consequent disaffection with politics,
" The Constitution protects us, it's our Mum, it reassures us. The Constitution can guarantee all our wishes."
During his show Benigni also mentioned political issues as he usually does, first among all, the former premier Silvio Berlusconi's political comeback.
Benigni kicked off the show by mentioning Berlusconi and saying " Silvio is back. Lord, have mercy on us. He is running for the sixth time...And on the seventh he will rest..and then, the next time, he won't be here."
On his show Benigni also thanked the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
"Berlusconi is the one who has it in for us," Benigni continued, and referring to the fact that former premier was on air in another TV program at the same time slot, he added " As he learnt I would be on air tonight, he wondered what he might possibly do for me and so he decided to attend another program at the same time slot."
More than 12,6 million TV viewers watched the Tuscan actor show/event on Monday night.
The complete text of the Italian Constitution can be found here: http://www.senato.it/documenti/repository/istituzione/costituzione_inglese.pdf