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 Screenplay adapted from "Arrivederci Leopolis" by George Perantoni 

Based on a true story of an Italian family and Polish friends
during WWII in the city of Lwów (former east Poland) and
Volargne di Dolcé in north Italy's Valpolicella region.

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CARLO, LUIGI, and V ICTOR PERANTONI at work dressing their WINE DISPLAYS
Left to right: CARLO, LUIGI, and VICTOR PERANTONI at work dressing newly arrived WINE DISPLAYS

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Benito Mussolini at our "Winiarnia Italia" in 1929
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Carlo seated next to Mussolini - Behind group: Victor centered with Italy's Fascist flag

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"La Grande Storia" by RAI- Italian Television - narrating the story of Fascism and Nazism and comparing Hitler and Mussolini as men of two different personalities. Link contains 6 other related RAI-TV series.

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"The War of Lions" © 2015 is an adapted screenplay from our family novel
titled "Arrivederci Leopolis" by Sam Ivey & George Perantoni © 2011

BASED ON A TRUE STORY: A Family Novel - War Drama set against the background of World War Two - from weeks before the Nazi-Soviet invasions of Poland to the post-war Betrayal of Poland.

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 Narrative of WWII's historical events and consequences as experienced through the lives of an Italian wine exporter, his family, and Polish friends.

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Short preview of our Screenplay "The War of Lions":  

Vittorio Perantoni is a Polish born Italian national with dual citizenship living in Lwów, Poland.  In the 1930s Vittorio (Victor) and his older brother Luigi work with their father, Carlo Perantoni, at operating the family’s successful winery-pasta tavern, and managing their import business of wine sales and distributing wine from Italy.

But the Nazi-Soviet invasions of Poland change all of that.  When the Italian Consulate orders Italian nationals to evacuate Poland, the Perantoni family is suddenly forced to leave their considerable wealth behind. Victor’s girlfriends will also be left behind as
he flees to Switzerland to avoid Italy's Fascist draft.

Left too are his Polish friends André, Franki, and 'Padre.' All these persons will be scattered as they face the fears, hardships, and physical abuses of World War Two.

The war drags on and Europe burns. His Polish friends André and Franki are arrested and routed to Siberia, but then commandeered into the new Allied Army of General Wladyslaw Anders; his girlfriend Dani faces deportation to a Nazi death camp; and Vittorio too is nearly captured and imprisoned.

From both sides of enemy lines all are wondering: will life ever be the same again?

“The War of Lions” will show you life during World War II through the eyes of the Perantoni family.  You will see it as you have never seen it before, and you will be gratified by numerous incidents where Nazi Wehrmacht leaders and Soviet officials 
had been outwitted by guile and fearlessness.

The originality of our story is fantastic.  It gives a fresh view on World War II from a perspective that hasn’t been seen before.  It focuses on the people, not the armies,
thus offering a very unique and positive perspective with which to view this era.  

With great misfortune, you will see the Perantoni family's native hometown in Italy, Volargne di Dolcé, literally disappear in one instant!  Completely blown to dust and rubble from an enormous explosion caused by the murderous negligence of Albert Speer's Nazi Engineers, and then simply reported as a military accident.

You will also experience the heartbreaking betrayal events of WWII's bravest soldiers: THE ARMED FORCES OF POLAND - Betrayed at Yalta by the 'Big3' Leaders of the Allied Supreme Command in the final days of the war - An entire army of victorious Polish warriors turn sad, angry and confused, honorable war veterans.

The brave winners of WWII are rewarded with BETRAYAL - The war's most valiant fighters, who defeated Nazi-Fascism and liberated Italy, are made into a huge crowd of homeless exiles scattered all over Europe - Poland's noble and historical Army of victorious soldiers who could never return to their homeland - They would never
again see their spouses ... neither their families nor their homes!


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