World War II film A BRIDGE TOO FAR to be screened at UAlbany on September 15, 2017

Film tells the story of the City of Albany's "sister city" Nijmegen, Holland

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Still from film A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977, directed by Richard Attenborough)

ALBANY, NY (08/31/2017) (readMedia)-- A BRIDGE TOO FAR (United States, 1977, 175 minutes, color and b/w, directed by Richard Attenborough) will be shown on Friday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. [note early start time] in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue on the University at Albany's downtown campus. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series, and cosponsored by Friendship Albany-Nijmegen, and The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany, the screening is free and open to the public.

A BRIDGE TOO FAR recounts the true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies' attempt during WWII to drive the German Army out of occupied Belgium and Holland. The film carries particular significance for the City of Albany, as it explains the genesis of the city's relationship to its "sister city" Nijmegen, Holland. The city of Nijmegen suffered heavy casualties and damage as a result of the Allied offensive. The City of Albany and its residents organized a humanitarian relief effort that shipped 300 tons of clothing, and medical and building supplies to the city after the war.

The film stars Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, and Gene Hackman.

For additional information contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at