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Pope vs. Hitler (2016)

This documentary tells the story about one of the biggest controverses of the twentieth century: the Vatican versus Nazi cruelties. The Pope Oius XII was suspected of Nazi collaboration and... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Andreas Berg ... Hitler
Arnas Danusas Arnas Danusas ... The Pope Pius XII (Young)
Michael Deffert ... Hans Oster
Elvinas Juodkazis Elvinas Juodkazis ... Italian Waiter
Dan Nachtrab Dan Nachtrab ... Narrator
Thorsten Wien ... Rudolph von Gersdorff
Tomas Zaibus Tomas Zaibus ... Gestapo Interrogator
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This documentary tells the story about one of the biggest controverses of the twentieth century: the Vatican versus Nazi cruelties. The Pope Oius XII was suspected of Nazi collaboration and waa called Hitlers Pope. However, the Vatican had plans for murdering 'Der Führer'. Written by Marcel de Beer-Manders

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English

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4 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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El papa contra Hitler See more »

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Solid combination of newsreel & reenactment but little new
20 June 2018 | by eschetic-2See all my reviews

As aired on the National Geographic channel, this pop-umentary is undercut by the usual high percentage of airtime given over to commercials (the 87 minute program is in a two hour time slot), but while containing little material not well known before, the film makers have blended period newsreels and solid re-enactments for an eminently watchable re-telling of the story of European resistance to Hitler and his National Socialists. Only near the end does the film's subtext - the effort to rehabilitate the image of the controversial Pope Pius XII (1876 - 1958) in the midst of a somewhat bizarre campaign to elevate him to sainthood - he has been elevated to "Venerable" - come clearly to the fore. For the most part the pontiff is depicted very much as supporting player who tries to have it, not both ways, but all ways rather than taking a leadership position for any cause. Like many modern right wing politicians, his staunch anti-communist beliefs trumping (you should pardon the expression) his support for persecuted ethnic minorities or real resistance to dictators is quietly passed over. Having simply survived the era - very much like Spanish dictator Fransisco Franco - with his "estate" intact, one could argue he succeeded - as does this film by holding the watcher's interest for its full length despite commercial interruptions and the lack of new material.


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