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“The Fighting Sullivans” film kicks off 5-week Sunday festival at the Wieting

Today is Veterans Day

November 11, 2017
From: Kennan Seda - Historian - Tama Sons of the American Legion , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A free screening of "The Fighting Sullivans" will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Wieting Theatre, 101 South Church St., in Toledo. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.S. Juneau.

There were only ten survivors. All five of the Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa died. Their deaths became the focus of the nation and the war effort.

This movie was produced during the war and released in 1944 unlike many other World War II films made years later.

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After the screening, an open discussion about the Hollywood movie, the real Sullivans from Waterloo and their story will commence.

Four additional "1942 films" will also be shown on Sunday afternoons at the Wieting.

On Nov. 19, "In the Shadow of Memory" is a movie about the Nazi destruction of Lidice, Czechoslovakia (June 10, 1942). This atrocity was in retribution for the assassination of German Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich in Prague by the Czechoslovak resistance.

On November 26, the classic "Casablanca" will be shown on the big screen on the actual 75th anniversary of its premier in 1942.

On Dec. 3, "Windtalkers" is scheduled. It is a movie that features Navajo code talkers fighting in the Pacific during World War II.

And, on Dec. 10, "Hometown" which was filmed in Clutier during 2011 will reveal what 1942 event put Clutier "on the map."

All movies are free and open to the public. Free will donations will be accepted.

A discussion period will follow each screening to further one's appreciation of the movie presented.

You are invited to support this community effort to enjoy classic cinema.



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