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Sotto il cielo di Roma (2010)

Papacy of Pius XII focusing on years during World War Two.


Christian Duguay


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandra Mastronardi ... Miriam
Marco Foschi Marco Foschi ... Davide
Miguel Herz-Kestranek Miguel Herz-Kestranek ... Father Pankratius Pfeiffer
Ettore Bassi Ettore Bassi ... Marco
Holger Daemgen Holger Daemgen ... General Reiner Stahel
Mathias Herrmann Mathias Herrmann ... Obergruppenführer Karl Wolff
Andrea Tidona Andrea Tidona ... Armando
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Dante Cimino
Marguerite Sikabonyi ... Nadia (as Margot Sikabonyi)
Ken Duken ... Hauptsturmführer Theodor Dannecker (as Ken Albert Duken)
Heinz Trixner Heinz Trixner ... Ambassador Ernst von Weizsäcker
Fiorella Migliore Fiorella Migliore ... Lia
Pietro Ragusa Pietro Ragusa ... Professor Boni
Nathalie Rapti Gomez ... Bianca Di Porto
Roberto Nobile ... Jacopo Martini


Papacy of Pius XII focusing on years during World War Two.

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Italy | Germany



Release Date:

31 October 2010 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Pius XII. See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Technical Specs


(2 episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When depicting the liberation of Rome by the Allies the troops are integrated, and the American flag has 50 stars. The flag used during WWII by the US had 48 stars. See more »

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Excellent history movie
24 March 2015 | by joenolan501See all my reviews

Its very good its Based on Vatican documents and personal testimonies used for the beatification of Pope Pius XII, this epic film stars acclaimed actor James Cromwell in a powerful movie about the great, often hidden struggle waged by the Pope and many others with him to save the Jews from the Nazis during WWII. After the Nazi's take over Rome in 1943, Hitler's plan to kidnap the Pope is revealed as the Nazis make an all-out attempt to silence the one authority figure in Italy standing strong against them. Everything comes together with great intensity in this dramatic story that retraces history from the documents and the testimonies of witnesses that was not fully known til now. Pope Pius XII told senior bishops that should he be arrested by the Nazis, his resignation would become effective immediately, paving the way for a successor, according to documents in the Vatican's Secret Archives.

A lot of people believe the lies of Hitler's pope. Pope Pius XII saved more Jews than anyone else in ww2 860,000 Jews he saved. According to Israeli archives, papal relief programs saved at least 860,000 Jews, more than any other agency or organization. His Holiness Pope Pius XII also allowed the Vatican diplomatic corps, which were protected by diplomatic immunity, to carry messages between the allied powers. Vatican Information Services also sent over 5 million messages for soldiers. Thousands of nun's priest were killed in ww2 helping the Jews. 3 000 000 Polish Catholics were holocaust victims. the catholic church did its best to help Jews and anyone else in ww2 . When Pope Pius XII died on October 9, 1958, Golda Meir, then Israeli delegate to the United Nations, sent official condolences: "When fearful martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice of the pope was raised for the victims. The life of our times was enriched by a voice speaking out on the great moral truths above the tumult of daily conflict. We mourn a great servant of peace." After the war the Chief Rabbi of Israel thanked Pius XII for what he had done. The Chief Rabbi of Rome went one step further. He became a Catholic. He took the name Eugenio. Pope Pius XII name before he was pope. The people of Israel will never forget what His Holiness and his illustrious delegates, inspired by the eternal principles of religion, which form the very foundation of true civilization, are doing for our unfortunate brothers and sisters in the most tragic hour of our history, which is living proof of Divine Providence in this world. (Rabbi Isaac Herzog, chief rabbi of the British Mandate of Palestine, March 1945) During the Nazi occupation of Rome, 3,000 Jews found refuge at one time at the pope's summer residence at Castle Gandolfo. Amazingly, Castle Gandolfo is never mentioned or discussed in the anti-papal writings of many of the pope's critics. Yet at no other site in Nazi-occupied Europe were as many Jews saved and sheltered for as long a period as at Castle Gandolfo during the Nazi occupation of Rome. Kosher food was provided for the Jews hidden there, where, as George Weigel has noted, Jewish children were born in the private apartments of Pius XII, which became a temporary obstetrical ward. (Rabbi David Dalin, Ph.D., July 29, 2005 interview with Dr. Thomas E. Woods) dpexecute in his review he said Hitler was a life-long practicing member of the Catholic church till the day he died. That is a lie he left the catholic church in his teens.The Nazis frequently met with the Catholic church and had agreements with them. that is a lie.The Nazis killed Several thousand of nuns and priests.

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