This outstanding film, tells the thrilling true story of an Irish priest in the Vatican who organizes an underground network in Rome to hide the Jews and others from the Nazis during World War II. Gregory Peck stars as Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty, who uses disguises to do his dangerous work and hide from the ruthless Nazi commander (Christopher Plummer) who wants to murder the priest. A powerful film guaranteed to inspire!
This DVD is a Region 1 (North America) DVD and is Not Rated.
The story of a heroic priest who saved over 4000 allied soldiers and Jews in WWII Rome
The Scarlet and the Black - Two colors which are not only the colors of a Nazi Swastika and SS uniform, but the colors of a monsignor's clothing. These are the two opposing forces that are at odds in this remarkable movie.
Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty is the head of the Holy Office of the Catholic Church, but also the head of an underground movement in Rome which is helping escaped allied soldiers as well as Jews escape the hands of the Nazi SS, who are in control of the city. Throughout the entire movie, Monsignor O'Flaherty does what it takes to save these people from death at the orders of Colonel Herbert Kappler, the head of the SS in Rome.
One of the interesting things about this movie is that it pictures Pope Pius XII in a much more neutral light than many of his detractors would care to see. While he does not personally hide the victims of the Nazis in the Vatican, he does not try to hinder Monsignor O'Flaherty's efforts. H Full Review...
This is a must-see for anyone interested in the Catholic response to the horrors of WW2 in Europe
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