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National Geographic Video: Inside the Vatican (2001)

National Geographic offers an inside look at Vatican City the seat of authority for the Roman Catholic Church.

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Himself - Narrator
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Timothy P. Broglio ...
Himself - Archbishop
Charles Burns ...
Himself - Former Archivist, Vatican Secret Archives (as Monsignor Charles Burns)
Ety Cicioni ...
Himself - Tailor
Maestro Maurizio de Luca ...
Himself - Art Conservationist
Giuseppe Liberto ...
Himself - Maestro Direttore, Pntifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel (as Monsignor Giuseppe Liberto)
Arturo Mari ...
Himself - Pope's Photographer
Angela Messina ...
Herself - Art Restorer (as Sr. Angela Messina)
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National Geographic offers an inside look at Vatican City the seat of authority for the Roman Catholic Church.

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21 November 2001 (USA)  »

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studied personas of yes men and obsequious courtesans ruin it
3 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This piece of banal badly done propaganda could make an atheist of a person. The only thing the movie is good for is a look at some of the beautiful interiors of the Vatican you normally don't see.

The unfortunate consequence of this made for TV quality film is you can see the studied personas of yes men and obsequious courtesans every where in painful abundance. The trivial irritating narration somehow makes them stand out. Only the women seem immune they just look hardened. By the way no different than any other big time power center : organized religion royalty dictators etc...

20 year old Swiss guards wearing glasses is a typical example of not so good visuals.

I suppose no one will find this review helpful--I had to say what I felt--I started watching with a neutral mind set. On the whole I believe Roman Catholicism is the least bad organized Christian religion.

Movies like this do more harm than good for the cause they espouse. The Vatican if they were smart would seek out and destroy every copy of this.

Then they can make an impressive version. They certainly have the material to work with. Pick better protagonists than that power hungry archbishop and the sugary historian. Find some more charismatic characters--although those types are probably all weeded out on the way to archbishop.

DO NOT RECOMMEND


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