Italy’s Liberation lasted two years, from the Anglo-American invasion of Sicily in July 1943 until the surrender of German forces in April 1945. This long and painful process was portrayed through the black & white of Istituto Luce photographers and the vivid colors of U.S. Signal Corps.
Two different perspectives that depict two Italies and two different wars looking at each other, compared and presented to the public, on the initiative of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà and Municipality of Eboli, at MOA – Museum of Operation Avalance with a rich critical apparatus along with some of the images from the impressive municipal photographic archive (EBAD), recognized as a cultural heritage of national interest, taken by the renowned photographer Luigi Gallotta who narrates the effects of the conflict from within his community.
The story of the war takes place through a selection of about 140 images, some of which unpublished, and period films – between July 1943 and 1946 – and through its protagonists, Italians and Americans, with a unique and suggestive comparison between two different point of views. The story of Italy that emerges from these images is tragic and glorious at the same time, it knows the tones of courage and defeat, of fear and joy, of dark violence and an expected will to live of a Country that was about to witness the postwar splendor, democracy, Cinema, reconstruction and the search of well-being.
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