Heinz History Center To Present We Can Do It! WWII Film Festival


From September 26th through September 27th, the Heinz History Center will present a film festival in conjunction with their We Can Do It! WWII exhibition. The event will feature four WWII-era films, including Tora! Tora! Tora!, Casablanca, Flags of Our Fathers, and Memphis Belle.  Each screening will also include an accompanying discussion with Dr. Soren Fanning, assistant professor of World History at Robert Morris University. See schedule and details below:

September 26th

11 a.m.

Introduction by Dr. Soren Fanning

11:15 a.m.

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)


Told from both Japanese and American perspectives, this big budget epic accurately recreates the events that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The collaboration between directors Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda stars Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, and Jason Robards, among many others.

2:30 p.m.

Introduction by Dr. Soren Fanning

2:45 p.m.

Casablanca (1942)


One of American cinema’s most beloved works follows Rick (Humphrey Bogart), a Moroccan nightclub owner called upon by his old love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) to help her and her husband escape the Nazis. The melodrama went on to win for best direction, best screenplay and best picture at the Academy Awards, and became known for its quotable dialogue and signature song, the piano ballad “As Time Goes By.”

September 27th

11 a.m.

Introduction by Dr. Soren Fanning

11:15 a.m.

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)


Director Clint Eastwood depicts the crucial battle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. The film traces how one photograph changed the lives of its subjects, leaving them struggling with their sudden status as heroes. Based on the bestselling book by James Bradley and Ron Powers, the war drama stars Ryan PhillippeJesse Bradford, Adam Beach, John Benjamin Hickey, John Slattery, and Barry Pepper.

2:30 p.m.

Introduction by Dr. Soren Fanning

2:45 p.m.

Memphis Belle (1990)


The fictionalized account of director William Wyler’s 1943 documentary Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress depicts the 25th and last mission of an American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortressbomber, the Memphis Belle, based in England during World War II. The film features an impressive cast that includes Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, John Lithgow, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, and Harry Connick Jr. in his big screen debut.

We Can Do It! WWII Film Festival will take place in Mueller Education Center at the Heinz History Center. All screenings are free with regular museum admission and free for History Center members.


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