Donfrancesco met the protagonist, or if you will the subject, of Il risoluto when he was making his first film The Stone River, in Vermont, USA. Piero is an old man who retired long ago to a house in the woods, where he spends his days with his wife. Yet his meeting with the filmmaker awakens in Piero the need to talk about his memories as a young soldier of Decima Mas, one of the most brutal fascist militias in World War II. "For us, there was nothing else", Piero recalls. "Rich people had the cinema, the opera, cabaret. For the poor, there was no alternative to the incessant hammering of fascist propaganda."
The film is an elegant portrait of a man who recalls his life as if in a confession. The powerful interview full of mystery but also a touch of humour, where personal memories become details of history, includes a shocking revelation concerning Mussolini's legendary lost treasure.