Wandering popes, real and fictional: “We have a pope”

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  Almost a year ago (April 5, 2012) I reviewed Nanni Moretti's dramedy "We have a Pope". Click here for the full review. Here is the sidebar I wrote to accompany the review: Wandering popes, real and fictional For “We Have a Pope,” Italian director Nanni Moretti seems to draw on previous stories about wandering popes and those who resigned, real and fictional. Ignazio Silone’s 1968 The Story of a Humble Christian offers a fictional imagining of the true-life … [Read more...]

Movie reviews and study guides for catechists and parents – and kids!

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    Late last year I began doing video reviews and writing study guides for the catechetical publisher RCL/Benziger through the website Sister Rose Goes to the Movies. Click here for a brief introduction about why a nun is reviewing movies! Here is a list of the video reviews and guides that you can play in class or for groups; you can download the guides and make copies for reflection and conversation: The Dark Knight Rises How to Talk to Kids about the Aurora … [Read more...]

We Have a Pope – REEL TALK with Stephen Farber special screening and panel April 2 Landmark, Westwood (Los Angeles)

Monday, April 2 at 7pm: WE HAVE A POPE. This wry comic drama from Italian director Nanni Moretti takes us inside the Vatican as the College of Cardinals struggle to elect a new Pope. Unfortunately, the man selected for the post—played by veteran French actor Michel Piccoli—is not at all certain that he wants the job. Guest speakers: Aine O'Healy, professor of Italian and director of the Humanities Program at Loyola Marymount University; Maria Elena de las Carreras, professor of film at … [Read more...]


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