Karol Wojtyla was completely alone by the age of 20. His sister Olga died in infancy before Karol was born. His mother, Emilia, died when he was eight. His older brother Edmund died when he was 26 and Karol was 12. His father died when he was 20. Karol was not present for any of their deaths. It was after his father's death that he seriously began to consider the priesthood. See more »
You pay for freedom with your whole being, that is why you will call freedom that which while paying for it helps you to know and control yourself over and over.
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This is a very good film, or, mini series, of almost 3 hours duration. The historical background of Krakow occupation and Jews' sufferings is shown very well, and the Nazi atrocities are not muted or bypassed here. The main role is played by Pyotr Adamczyk and he did a great job as a the young Karol, and then a mature cardinal, and then, a Pope. There are some weaker parts, though. Of course, such a long story requires a longer film, which could make it almost impossible, but to press into so much in a 3 hour spell is a bit hastened. Then, there are certainly some weaker parts of some actors and come on, there are some obvious caricature-quality Communist figures shown almost like clowns or mere idiots. Saying that, I must admit, that this film is 1000 times better than the 2006 sequel, which is a real bore. This one is vivid, brisk, dynamic and often very very elegant work. Great film, yes, but still, for John Paul II's fans
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