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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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Credited cast:
... Himself - Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)
... Himself (archive footage)


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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1.85 : 1
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No huge surprises but still quite nice.
2 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a film about the Vatican that is narrated by Martin Sheen. It purports to be a behind the scenes look into the inner workings and daily goings on at this micro-State. It consists of various interviews, lots of interesting film footage and a tiny bit of background information. It is all very interesting but also a bit brief--too brief considering how extensive the place is and the history of the place. You cannot boil almost 2000 years of history into less than an hour! A mini-series on the place and on the papacy itself would be wonderful. But, to the film's credit, it wasn't all positive and public relations, as it also talked briefly about a few of the evil popes--such as Julius II and Alexander VI (who was super-evil). Overall, the film is well worth seeing--whether you are Catholic or not. Full of interesting facts and scenes that make it a nice introduction to the place.

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