Naples ’44

Dir. Francesco Patierno | 80 min
Narrative Italy 2017 English

Tuesday, February 207:30 PM Edlavitch DCJCC

Benedict Cumberbatch gives life to the words of British soldier Norman Lewis, whose remarkable memoir of post-World War II Naples form the basis for this haunting evocation of a ravaged land, and later a city of infinite charm.

Lewis entered Naples as part of an invasion of Nazi-occupied Italy. His memories and his return many years later are recalled with magnificent warmth and wit. Filmmaker Francesco Patierno combines riveting archival war footage with clips from movies set in Naples from the 1950s and 60s (featuring Marcello Mastroianni, Alan Arkin, Ernest Borgnine) to evoke a city that was as much a victim of the war as any individual – but that has come back to life with all the charisma of Vesuvius, its very own volcano.

Screening followed by a conversation with Dr. Sheldon A. Goldberg, a Docent and Historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, and Bernardo Piciché, Associate Professor of Italian and Mediterranean Studies at the School of World Studies of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Co-presented by National Museum of American Jewish Military History Italian Cultural Society of Washington, DC Italians in DC

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Screening followed by a conversation with Dr. Sheldon A. Goldberg, a Docent and Historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, and Bernardo Piciché, Associate Professor of Italian and Mediterranean Studies at the School of World Studies of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Sheldon Goldberg is a decorated, 30-year, combat experienced  U.S. Air Force veteran who has served in a variety of operational, political-military, and academic assignments during his career. In 2012, at the age of 73, he earned a Ph.D. in Modern European History. He is now the Docent and Historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History and the author of a recently published book on the arming of West Germany after World War II.

Bernardo Piciché is Associate Professor of Italian and Mediterranean Studies at the School of World Studies of Virginia Commonwealth University – USA. He holds two Italian lauree – Giurisprudenza (1989) and Lettere (1994), from University of Rome, master in Diplomatic Studies from SIOI (Società Italiana per l’ Organizzazione Internazionale), DEA (Diplome d’Etude Approfondis) in Italian literature from Université Paris 8, Masters and PhD in Italian literature from Yale University.

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  • If it weren’t for the time-chiseled patina on the footage dug out from archives, the powerful images of Vesuvius erupting, or the Caravaggio-esque faces of the faithful praying, there really wouldn’t be much difference between the Naples of this time and the cities martyred by the conflicts of today, like Aleppo, like Mosul.Il Mattino
  • Magnificent. (An) elegant, moving, balanced war diaryIl Foglio

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This event finished on February 21, 2018.