2012-02-03 / Neighborhoods

Film series to explore Italy after World War II

FITCHBURG – The Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State University presents “L’Italia Liberata,” a film series exploring the new Italy that emerged after the end of World War II and its alliance with the United States. The series opens Thursday, Feb. 9, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. with Roma, Città Aperta in the Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Campus Center, 160 Pearl St.

All of the films in the series reflect the effort of Italians to first defeat and escape Fascism domination (Roma, Città Aperta); then the immediate postwar choice-whether to escape or to face the heavy task of rebuilding after the crushing defeats of the Mussolini era (Mediterraneo, screening Thursday, April 12); and finally the struggle to rebuild their lives despite the losses, to loosen the strictures of the church on society, as they created a new liberated Italy where the freedom to think freely and creatively was possible (Cinema Paradiso, screening Thursday, March 8).

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. A series pass can also be purchased for $15.

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