SD CINEMATOGRAFICA was formed in 1961 as a production company. Since its founding, the company has produced Films, Variety Programmes, and Science and Cultural documentaries for the Italian public broadcaster RAI and other leading international television companies. In recent years the company has focused on wildlife, Science and History documentaries with such success that it now counts National Geographic Channels, Discovery Channels, TF1, ARTE, NHK, TSR, ARD/BR, PBS and ZDF, as well as RAI and Mediaset, among its clients. Many SD documentaries have won major international prizes at the world’s leading festivals, including Academy Award, Emmy and Banff nominations. Today SD Cinematografica has over 800 hours of programming to its name. [abs]







Fabio Toncelli

SD Cinematografica

120 Min.


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Unpublished photographic and cinematographic images, also in color, unpublished documents, interviews with Italian, German, American, English witnesses, reconstructions in 3D graphics, new shots on the places where the events took place, give life to a real film where the emotion testimonies and the rhythm of the narration intertwine with the strength of the archive images. An intense research and verification work, to bring out the truth about the destruction of the Abbey and the terrifying battle that took place for its conquest. A clash involving soldiers of 27 different nationalities that caused one of the worst massacres of the Second World War: 50,000 casualties between the multinational contingent of the Allied Forces and 20,000 German soldiers plus thousands of Italian civilians, during the fighting that lasted until late spring . But was conquering Montecassino really necessary to clear the road to Rome?


SD Cinematografica was deemed worthy of a contribution by the Lazio Region for the realization of this project. Link to European Union

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