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NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT: All portions of our project's descriptions presented here below are the intellectual property of its two authors, George Perantoni and Valerie Perantoni (except portions giving credit to others).  Likewise, all contents publicized by them in Kickstarter and related campaigns and all intellectual property from their 2018 revision of “The War of Lions” are exclusive copyrights of George Perantoni and Valerie Perantoni.

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 INTRODUCTION: Our film-project (continued)
 
 OUR TRUE STORY PROTAGONISTS  

(CONTINUED ...) The photographs above show victorious troops of the brave Polish 2nd Corps taken in Italy 1945-46 soon after the end of WWII, but prior to their discovery that Poland had been betrayed ... prior to learning that they would not have the victorious homecoming which they had rightfully earned ... Then, they will learn that their families in Poland had also been betrayed!

 CREDITS FOR THESE PHOTOS:
The Perantoni family collections (Orlando, Florida)
and the family of Robert Mrowiec (Warsaw, Poland)

The events depicted in these happy photos of triumphant celebrations and the events related to their sad betrayal
are treated in Act 3 of the script.

 

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SIX MALE PROTAGONISTS

Two close friends of my father appear in seven of the above photos, and their names are Andrzej Frodel (André) and Franciszek Mrowicki (Franki).

Franki was from Gdansk, Poland, and prior to the war, he was a student at Lwów's Polytechnic University. Franki was the age of Victor (my father) and also a loyal patron of the "Winiarnia Italia" wine & pasta tavern, where he ate lunch daily between school hours and had enjoyed many pleasant evenings.

André was a passionate philatelist and an avid stamp collector. Although André was much older than Victor, they both shared an enthusiastic love for stamps and philately.

Together with Franki, the three of them had organized weekly gambling meetings at the "Winiarnia Italia" where they enjoyed long evenings playing cards with local stamp collectors. They gambled, not for money, but using stamps like poker chips of various denominations.

The three were very close friends, sharing the joy of treasured rare stamps and quality Italian wine, as their bond. They remained close friends also during and after the war.

In 1947, however, Franki returned to his home in Gdansk, and soon afterward all communication with him had ceased due to Soviet censure and tyrannical persecution. 

For the same reason, neither Victor nor André had been able to return to Lwów. Nonetheless, they remained best friends for the rest of their lives. 

The other soldiers in the above photos are mutual friends of André and Franki from the victorious Polish Second Corps. Our family had also known some of them from Lwów.

These friends and the remaining noble warriors of General Władysław Anders, together also with their sacrificed heroes, had recently defeated Mussolini's Nazi-Fascist alliance and
had liberated the Kingdom of Italy.

After their triumphant victories, all of them were in Italy with the Perantoni family, just waiting and sharing our anxiety to go back home to Poland after six long years of war.

André and Franki, together with Victor, Luigi, and Carlo Perantoni, are five of our six protagonists.

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OUR MAIN PROTAGONISTSCarlo Perantoni and his two sons, Luigi and Victor.  (Victor Perantoni was my father)

The 6th male protagonist is the Vatican Emissary to Eastern Poland, 'Padre' Michele Kolbuch.

Soon after Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland, 'Padre' had protected 203 Polish and Jewish orphans with documents falsified by the expert hands of André, assisted by Franki
and the other philatelic artists from the Lwów stamp club.
The fake documents made the Jewish orphans as Catholics.

Then, with Carlo's crafty planning and financial help, Padre had evacuated all the children on 17 September 1939, as the Soviet army was marching into Lwów.

Padre had registered all 203 as 'Catholic' orphans and placed them with several Parishes in Central Italy.  Afterward, Padre took his place in the Vatican, waiting for an eventual reassignment to Lwów after the end of the war. 

Years later, near the end of the war, Padre escorted André and Franki craftily across enemy lines on a furtive visit to the Perantoni family ... amid uneasy Germans!

 

Victor & Carlo Perantoni described in greater
  detail on the next page (
Mussolini in Poland) 
 


THREE FEMALE PROTAGONISTS
 
Victor's three girlfriends are main female protagonists.

DANIELA (Dani) is the daughter of Jewish photo-shop merchant where Victor purchased his Zeiss-Iconta fold-out camera and where he obtained photographic supplies.

STASIA (Stasi) is a beautiful, talented young ballerina, daughter of a strict Polish Cavalry officer.  He allowed her to go out with Victor, but she was forbidden from stepping into the Perantoni family's "Winiarnia Italia" wine & pasta tavern.

LARISA (Lari) is the daughter of Carlo's Ukrainian hunting guide and Carlo's partner in guided hunting tours organized for Italian dignitaries. LARISA is a Ukrainian country girl, part-time student and casual merchant in Lwów.

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Lari, Stasi, and Dani share Victor's affections. The four are close friends. Victor, however, has special affection for Stasia.

Lari, Stasi, and Dani have leading roles in Acts 1+2 (not Act 3). Victor's mother and his aunt have minor roles. In Act 3 appears Victor's newlywed bride, Luigina, with a limited role, but it is being expanded in the new 180 and 240-minute revisions.

Victor appears in the majority of scenes.  In comparison, Carlo and André are about 40% each, followed by Franki and Padre (in that order).
 
Luigi appears the least, about 15%. Victor's full character is described in the next page, titled "Mussolini in Poland."
 
The storyline contains seven controversial subject-matters which provide important background events as presented through the dialogues of the protagonists, and by some newsreels, newsprints, and superscripts.

The exploits of the — FIGURATIVE ANTAGONISTS —
(Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin)
will be indicated by short newsreels, images of original newsprints, superscripts, some voice-over narrations,
and most of all by the dialogues of the protagonists. 

Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin are not playacted.
Only Benito Mussolini  is acted in the opening scene.
(See the next page: "Mussolini in Poland")
 
The (acting)  REPRESENTATIVE ANTAGONISTS  are: 
Wehrmacht officers and soldiers - Gestapo and S.S. - other Nazi-Fascist authorities, including teams of Italy's Fascist Party 'Black-Shirts'.

Soldiers in Italian uniforms are not depicted as antagonists.  Instead, as prideful but unfortunate young men who would eventually become victimized by the same antagonists.

The 180 and 240-minute editions will include elements of the Soviet Army among the acting antagonists.

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André and Franki are recast in acts 2 and 3 as soldiers
of General Władysław Anders brave Polish 2nd Corps.

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