Director Richard D. Lanni plans to show film in St Mere Eglise, Normandy
(Normandie) France, the first town to be liberated during World War II
(1888PressRelease) May 08, 2009 - St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France — The stars of the world’s largest production – a film on the invasion of Normandy, “The Americans on D-Day,” premieres in the French language Thursday, May 07, 2007. Several hundred local officials, visiting military Dignitaries and stars of the film are expected to attend.
“We decided to show it in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, because it was the first town to be liberated," explained Richard D. Lanni, film director, WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland.
Last month about 75 people saw the film in Hollywood at the American Legion Post #43. “It was well done, and the reproduction of the Normandy scenes were pretty darn powerful, and the overlays of graphics were very good,” said Adj. Finance Officer Terry Duddy, American Legion Hollywood Post 43. “It was well received by our members attending here.”
Film Director Richard D. Lanni, who appeared on the Joey Reynolds Show, WOR AM, New York, said, “It was an honor to be in America to salute U.S. soldiers on this 65th anniversary and to show our film that captures an accurate and powerful illustration of D-Day.”
“When we flew over the English Channel, there were a million ships in the water, and I have yet to meet any of those guys who were on those ships,” said 85-year old retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Morton Schecter, Northridge, CA, who flew as a United States Army Air Corps tail gunner in a B-24 Liberator warplane.
Schecter, who flew 35 missions out of England, is amongst the American Veteran heroes who attended the premiere. Schecter attended the Hollywood premiere with his Son Glen and 9-year-old Grandson Ben. Ben led the pledge of allegiance at the event.
Also attending from Europe and the UK were battle film star Ellwood von Seibold, who has spent the last five years giving tours in Normandy. "D-Day became a focus point of my interest in life, and I decided to live a dream and move to France and take people all around these areas," explained Seibold. Seibold will be attending the event in France.
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