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Celluloid and Paper: Many Wars Ago


Celluloid and Paper
Screening series


The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago presents a series of screenings dedicated to the theme of film adaptations, inspired by Italian books, between classics and new publications, available at our library. The initiative takes place in conjunction with the reopening of the Institute’s library, recently renewed with the introduction of hundreds of new titles and thematic sections.

Many Wars Ago
Directed by Francesco Rosi
1970, 100”, Italian with English subtitles
In-person screening
Thursday, October 26 at 6:00pm CT
Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

In Northern Italy, WWI has turned into a bloody stalemate. Bogged down in their trenches on a barren highland, the men of an Italian infantry division have been given one objective: retake a commanding height from the enemy. Unfortunately, the tactical ingenuity of General Leone, the unpopular division commander, consists of supplementing frontal attacks against machine guns with medieval fighting schemes. His dispirited troops must be prodded with ever-harsher measures into storming the Austrian positions. As casualties mount, indignation spreads among the rank and file. Disturbed by his superiors’ decisions, Lieutenant Sassu is progressively led to question the purpose of war and reconsider where his real duties lie.

Adaptation from the book “One Year on the High Plateau” by Emilio Lussu. Available in our library or on Media Library Online. 

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Borrowing and consultation at the library of the Institute is free of charge, with a deposit. Members of the Italian Cultural Institute have access to two free ebooks per month, downloadable from Media Library Online, and the right to check out books from the library without deposit.

Free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30pm CT and seats are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis, until capacity is reached.

  • Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago