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The Story of the Pope (1942)

Pastor Angelicus (original title)
The public and private life of Eugenio Pacelli, elected Pope Pius XII.


Romolo Marcellini, Luis Trenker (uncredited)


Diego Fabbri (screenplay), Ennio Flaiano (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Pope Pius XII ... Himself


The public and private life of Eugenio Pacelli, elected Pope Pius XII.

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17 December 1942 (Italy) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Luis Trenker, who shot many of the sequences, specifically asked for his name not to appear in the film credits. See more »

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Historical film about Pius XII
24 December 2006 | by in-saecula-saeculorumSee all my reviews

Probably the most interesting and audacious film ever made about a Pope, who was the greatest Pontiff of the XXth century. The title derives from the monk Malachi's prophecy predicting that the 422 th pope would be named "Pastor Angelicus". This Pope happened to be Pius XII. It illustrates the private and public life of the Pontiff : Many scenes are filmed in the private departments of the Vatican. One of the stunning scene is the salute of the Pope to Fascist soldiers to the front - this has to be understood in the specific historical context of this time. It describes as well a typical day, his contacts with normal people, with children. It terminates with a solemn celebration in Saint-Peter Basilica.

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