Election campaigns for the Italian general election ended on Friday (May 5), giving thirty-seven million voters thirty hours freedom from electioneering before the polls were due to open on Sunday (May 7).
GV Elections banners no wall (2 shots)
GV PAN Election banners outside PCI meeting place
GV PAN Crowd sing Communist rally anthems and applause
LV ZOOM IN Luigi Longo (with cap) arrives with Enrico Berlinguer
MV Board on speaker's platform
MV Berlinguer speaks (in Italian)
GV Crowd applaud
SCU ZOOM IN Women at Almirante's meeting in Plazza Navona
CU Uniformed party worker
SCU Uniformed party worker holding flag PAN TO Almirants speaking
CU Almirants speaks (in Italian)
MV Crowd applaud
COMMUNIST ELECTION MEETING, ADDRESSED BY PARTY SECRETARY ENRICO BERLINGUER: ITALIAN SOCIALIST MOVEMENT MEETING, ADDRESSED BY PARTY LEADER GIORGIO ALMIRANTE.
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This film shows tow of the last campaign meeting in Rome on Friday--one held by the Communist Party, and the other by the Italian Socialist Movement.
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Background: Election campaigns for the Italian general election ended on Friday (May 5), giving thirty-seven million voters thirty hours freedom from electioneering before the polls were due to open on Sunday (May 7).
Political analysts predicted the return of the ruling Christian Democrats--who have held power within and without coalition since World War Two-but the outcome of the votes for the other main parties was uncertain. Interest has been widely focused, meanwhile, on the right-wing Italian Social Movement, accused by its opponents of being neo-fascist, who were expected to gain a number of middle-class votes by promising a "return to law and order". At the other end of the political scale, the Communist Party appeared to be split within its own ranks--the more conservative members insisting on achieving power through parliamentary process, and a generally younger faction accusing the conservative communist of becoming part of the "establishment".
For the last ten years, the Christian Democrats have shared power in a coalition with socialists, social democrats and republicans. Since this coalition fell in January (1972), precipitating Sunday's election a year ahead of schedule, a caretaker government has ben led by Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti--who said recently that the Christian Democrats would refuse an alliance with either the Communist Party, Italy's second largest, which polled over 26 per cent in the last election, or the Italian Social Movement.