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A MAN NAMED JOHN

by Ermanno Olmi

synopsis

Based on the diary Pope John XXIII kept between the ages of 14 and 18, his lifelong concern for tolerance, the underprivileged, and world peace is told. Rod Steiger, in the central role, acts as "intermediary" between the Pope and the audience, interpreting John's words, thoughts and actions. Steiger visits the actual places in which John lived, recreating the conditions, environment, and forces that affected his development. Through this unusual technique, we are brought close to an extraordinary man - one who's able to win the love of many people of all faiths.

original title: E venne un uomo
country: United Kingdom, Italy
year: 1965
genre: fiction
directed by: Ermanno Olmi
film run: 85'
release date: IT 19/11/1965, UK 07/10/1968, DE 22/11/1981, CZ 04/04/2005
screenplay: Ermanno Olmi
cast: Rod Steiger, Adolfo Celi, Pietro Germi
cinematography by: Piero Portalupi
film editing: Carla Colombo
art director: Ennio Michettoni
music: Franco Potenza

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