Film screening for the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Rome and D-Day

THURSDAY 6 JUNE 18.00–22.30

18.00: Roma Città Aperta (105”, 1945, dir. Roberto Rossellini, Italian with English subtitles)
21.00: The World at War, episode 17 ‘Morning June–August 1944’, narrated by Laurence Olivier (51”, 1973–4, dir. Jeremy Isaacs, English with no subtitles).

This evening features a double bill to mark two events that took place nearly simultaneously seventy-five years ago: the Liberation of Rome from the Nazi German occupation on 4 June 1944 and the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944.

Roberto Rossellini’s iconic film Roma città aperta (Rome, Open City) will be screened from 6-8pm in the Lecture Theatre. This 1945 neorealist drama is set in Nazi-occupied Rome and won several awards, including the Grand Prize at Cannes in 1946.

Our doors will re-open at 9 pm for episode 17 of the 1973 BBC television series The World at War. Directed by Jeremy Isaacs and narrated by Laurence Olivier, ‘Morning June-August 1944’ will be screened outdoors on our terrace, lasting just under an hour.