An inspiring feature film on Pope St. John XXIII starring Edward Asner in an acclaimed performance as the beloved pontiff who came from common stock and was known for his simplicity, goodness, courage and love for humanity. Shot on location in Rome and Italy, and produced by the Italian film company Lux Vide, makers of Pope John Paul II and Saint Rita, this movie tells the whole life story of John XXIII from his youth thru his young priesthood, Bishop, Cardinal and Pope. Elected supposedly as an “interim Pope” who would just keep the status quo and listen to the advisers around him, John XXIII proved to be his own man when he surprised the Church and world by calling for the Second Vatican Council. This film also underscores his wonderful sense of humor and great charity towards others, especially the poor, downtrodden, and the outcast. Shot in widescreen, with excellent acting all around and beautiful cinematography, the film also stars Claude Rich, Sydne Rome, Massimo Ghini and Franco Interlenghi.
This DVD contains the following language tracks:English and Italian language, Spanish & English subtitles. This DVD is Not Rated
Special Features: A 16 page booklet by Carl E. Olson with study questions, biography of Pope St. John XXIII, and resource list. Special documentary film with renowned Catholic historian James Hitchcock and Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., on Pope St. John XXIII and Vatican II.
This is a Region 1 DVD (playable ONLY in Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, United States and U.S. territories)
|By:||Pope pius12 (Nashville TN, December 11, 2008)|
|Review:||perfect Describe Yourself: Holy|
|By:||Mark (Cypress, CA, January 3, 2010)|
|Review:||The life of Pope John XXIII is shown in 3 stages. His honesty, sincerity, and pureness of heart come through in each stage. It is more inspiring than words can express. I bought a second copy and gave it to our parish priests for Christmas. In the words of Pope John XXIII, "Go home tonight and hug your children, and tell them it is a hug from Pope John." Best Uses: At Home, For the entire family, Perfect Gift; Cons: Not a single con; Describe Yourself: Casual Viewer; Pros: Engaging characters, Entertaining, Great Cinematography, High Production Value, Honest, Informative, Inspiring, Original|