• Short Summary

    Brazilian soldiers join Allies in Rome, Pope addresses audience of Allied Forces soldiers.

  • Description

    Title reads: "News and Views from Italy".

    Various shots of Ancona, includes CU of town sign. It has been badly bombed. Various shots of wrecked railway station and bombed out train.

    Various shots of troopship arriving in Naples bringing more forces. The troops are Brazilian soldiers and will serve with the American Army. They wear Brazil shoulder flash. As they come down gangplank their Commanding General is welcomed by General Devers.

    Scenes in Rome in June. Various shots of German infantry and mechanised units evacuating the City. Shots are taken secretly by antifascist cameraman. German troops pass Colosseum. Due to petrol shortage, some even use horse drawn carts to escape in.

    M/S of German sentry on guard in hills. Various shots of Italian widows laying flowers at rough graves near cave mouths. Dead are victims of Nazi massacre. L/S of priest on hill praying by crucifix.

    L/Ss of St. Peter's Square and Vatican. Various shots of allied troops on leave visiting the Vatican. Various shots of congregation of allied servicemen inside Vatican to hear Pope Pius XII. He addresses audience in English (natural sound), praising the liberators and blessing them all. He is then carried shoulder high along the aisles past the troops. Good C/Us of Pope.

    According to narrator "This is the first British Newsreel sound picture of its kind".

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    1364.05
    Media URN:
    44741
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1944
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:10:51:00 / 01:15:10:00
    Canister:
    44/61

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