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Penn Cinema Studies presents

Andrea Doria: Are The Passengers Saved?

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Tuesday 11/1
6:00 pm
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Free screening! Director Luca Guardabascio will be in attendance

The first documentary written by a real shipwreck survivor, Pierette Simpson, to honor the memory of Captain Piero Calamai and the Andrea Doria shipwreck.


Pierette, who survived the catastrophic Andrea Doria-Stockholm collision as a 9-year-old immigrating to America with her grandparents, has uncovered a cold case that vindicates Captain Piero Calamai of the Italian luxury liner. She returns to her beloved village of Pranzalito, near Torino, to expose the shocking truth surrounding the collision in time for the 60th anniversary of the tragedy. Pierette invites her village friends and relatives to help her fulfill her dream-produce a docufilm based on her non-fiction book, "Alive on the Andrea Doria! The Greatest Sea Rescue in History". Pierette's personal narration comes alive through vignettes of her departure to the New World, survival at sea, and her arrival to the New World in pursuit of the "American Dream". The Andrea Doria's epic glory and demise are portrayed by archival material and rare dive footage.