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    Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s Unexplored Italian Journey of 1918: A Cinematic Insight

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    In celebration of the 120th anniversary of Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s Nobel Prize in Physics and the 112th anniversary of her Chemistry Nobel, a 25-minute film, “Maria Skłodowska-Curie in Italy Seeking Advice,” sheds light on her lesser-known three-week sojourn in Italy in 1918. Directed by Paweł Cichoński, the documentary, available in Polish, English, and Italian, unveils the scientific and social aspects of her Italian expedition.

    Collaborating with the Polish Academy of Sciences in Rome, the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and the University of Pisa, the film delves into the historical journey, exploring Maria Skłodowska-Curie’s influence on Italy’s scientific policies. The filmmakers present previously unseen source materials, articles, and publications related to this 105-year-old research expedition.

    This unique production not only traces Curie’s steps through Italy but also highlights the societal impact of her visit and its enduring influence on Italian scientific policies. The film offers a rare glimpse into the world of the renowned scientist, providing a captivating narrative that intertwines her journey with the broader context of natural radioactivity.

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