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Omnimax Film ‘D-Day Normandy 1944’ Opens at MSI

Originally, the Museum of Science & Industry displayed the U-505 outdoors.
Originally, the Museum of Science & Industry displayed the U-505 outdoors.Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

The film D-Day Normandy 1944 opened at the Museum of Science & Industry’s Omnimax Theater in the Henry Crown Space Center today, Friday, May 23, 2014. Two days after M.S.I. celebrates the 70th anniversary of U.S. Navy Task Group 22.3’s capture of the U-505 and Italians celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Allied liberation of Nazi-occupied Rome – both events that occurred on June 4, 1944 – France, the U.S., U.K., and Canada will celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944).

Hitler boasted he had consolidated his conquests by creating Fortress Europe. While other Allied armies drove westward and northward against his forces in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Italy, American, British, Canadian, Free French, and other Allied Forces stationed in the U.K. began the liberation of France by invading the beaches of Normandy.

Regarding this film, M.S.I. states, “June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, D-Day: Normandy 1944 brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever. Audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective in breathtaking scale how this landing changed the world. Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.”

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, May 24, 2014, the film is being screened at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and, on days with extended hours, 5:00 p.m. In addition to screening D-Day Normandy 1944, and having the U-505 on display in the East Pavilion, M.S.I. also has a Stuka Junkers-87B-2 Dive Bomber and a Supermarine Spitfire hanging from the ceiling with other airplanes in the Transportation Gallery.