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  1. Buried Cities, The (1960 Video)

    Subject
    Archaeology
    Distribution
    out of distribution, Videocassette. VHS. col. 14 min.

    Shows the excavations and reconstructions of Pompeii and Herculaneum. An account of the eruption of AD79 leads to scenes of excavations in progress. The remainder of the film gives a picture of life at the...

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  2. Danger Within (1959 Film)

    aka: Breakout

    Director
    Don Chaffey
    Producer
    Colin Lesslie
    Subject
    Drama

    Feature film adapted from Michael Gilbett’s 1952 novel ‘Death in Captivity’, based on his experiences as a POW in Italy during the Second World War. In the book the play being produced is Rudolf...

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  3. Liberation of Rome, The (1944 Film)

    Subject
    History
    Distribution
    Film (16mm)

    A survey of the Allied Italian campaign from the first landing on 3 September 1943 to the liberation of Rome on 4 June 1944.

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  4. Tempesta Sui Balcan (1941 Film)

    Subject
    History
    Distribution
    Film (16mm)

    Celebrates Italy’s use of air power during the Balkan offensive. Footage of bombing missions, a jubilant commentary listing targets successfully destroyed, and a lively if somewhat odd musical soundtrack...

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  5. 17th Year, The (1940 Film)

    Subject
    History
    Distribution
    Film (16mm)

    A rare example of an Italian Fascist film. Mussolini is seen praising the achievements of his regime, 17 years after the take-over. Sequences of industrialisation, agriculture and Italian colonial conquest.

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  6. Great Writers: Alberto Moravia

    Subject
    Italian studies; Literature
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 1, 45 minutes), $19.99

    Italian writer Alberto Moravia (1907-1990), pseudonym of Alberto Pincherle, was born in Rome. As a youth, while recovering from tuberculosis, he began writing about the moral difficulties of people socially...

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  7. 'Great Desire I Had, The’: Shakespeare and Italy

    Producer
    Douglas Cleverdon
    Subject
    Drama
    Distribution
    Unknown

    Radio play written by Henry Reed and produced for broadcasting by Douglas Cleverdon. Set in Italy in 1593, this dramatic speculation sends William Shakespeare (Marius Goring) to Ferrara, Verona, Padua,...

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  8. Shakespeare’s France and Italy (Audio)

    Producer
    Richard Paul
    Subject
    Drama

    Podcast from the Folger Shakespeare Library. What did Shakespeare — and his audiences—really know about distant places and people? In this episode Rebecca Sheir poses that question about France and...

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  9. Shakespeare in Italy (Television, Video)

    Director
    Andrea Carnevali
    Producer
    Andrea Carnevali
    Subject
    Drama; Geography; History; Shakespeare
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 0 PAL, 120 minutes), £8.99

    Italian architect, author, historian and filmmaker, Francesco da Mosto presents this two-part documentary about the use of Italy as a backdrop for many of the works by William Shakespeare. Interviewees...

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  10. La Tempesta - Shakespeare in Quarantena (Video)

    aka: The Tempest - Shakespeare in Quarantine

    Director
    Mark Di Giuseppe; Emanuela Ambrosino
    Subject
    Drama; Shakespeare

    Imaginative Italian adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which is turned into an allegory for the Covid-19 lockdown. It is performed by 22 street performers, mostly from Naples, in their own...

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