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Scarlet and the Black,

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet & The Black Sept. 18 2003
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Great Job ... Acting, Location & Story. Its nice to see one more positive telling of the Church during the war. Not too many people know that the Chief Rabi of Rome during and immediately after the war, Israel Zolii, was so impressed by the Christians in Rome who tried to protect Jews from nazi persecution, that he was baptised as Catholic shortly after the end of the war. He took for his Christian name Eugene ... the same first name as Pope Pius XII, whom he especially admired as a friend and protector of Jews. He died as a devout Catholic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An edge of your seat thriller. . . May 11 2001
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. . .all the more exciting because it's a (mostly) true story.
Let's begin with the cast. Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer and Sir John Gielgud all together in the same movie? Just this cast alone would be enough to recommend this movie to most people.
And the filming? On location in Rome and the Vatican. Doesn't get much better than that!
Drama? Yes, it's there. Suspense? In SPADES! Pathos? Yup! Humor? Believe it or not, yes!
This movie, based on the true story of an Irish cleric in the Vatican will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. The ending will have you cheering and crying and shocked, etc. You will run the full gamut of emotions when viewing this film.
The only major difficulty? The "politically correct" portrayal of Eugenio Pacelli, aka Pope Pius XII. For me, a trained historian, this was a major flaw. The film's presentation of Pius was that of a weak man, unable to do much of anything, while the facts of the matter were quite different.
Regardless, though, this movie does rate as a "must see".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Piece of Excellency Dec 30 2001
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To be honest, I, a serious convert to the Catholic faith, knew nothing about "The Scarlet and the Black" or the man which Gregory Peck portrays until yesterday, when I watched it on the History Channel (followed by a piece on Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust). This is truly a great film! The acting is top notch, and I cannot express my surprise at seeing "The Sound of Music's" leading man playing a commanding Nazi! Obviously filmed on and around it's beautiful location, this a film with a story that will inspire people of all faiths and backgrounds to stand up for what they believe and do what is right. My only complaint is that this film, in concurrence with present ideas, does not give the deserved credit to the Venerable Pope Pius XII (they are books available about him on amazon.com ... "Hitler's Pope" by Cornwall IS NOT ONE OF THEM!!!). Despite this rather annoying flaw, "The Scarlet and the Black" is a piece of cinema history, forgotten in a day when the Church is portrayed as a dark deluded organization ("End of Days") or money hungry hypocrites ("The Godfather III"). Watch! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing WW2 drama/action Sept. 6 2000
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You'd never think an action movie could star a priest, but Gregory Peck pulls it off in rare style. He plays Father O'Flaherty, a boxing, snipping Irish priest living in Rome at the height of the Nazi occupation. Father O'Flaherty's job? Aside from usual priestly duties, he hides Jews in the households of his friends and allies.
But clearly the Nazis aren't going to stand still while O'Flaherty does this. And so the Nazi commandant, Christopher Plummer's Herbert Kapplar, a cold and ruthless man whose reputation is rapidly going down the drain from his exalted position as he tries to capture O'Flaherty.
But don't think this is a bloodless drama movie: There are comic moments as O'Flaherty sneaks out of the Vatican in various disguises; a tense scene where guns fire at him as he hurdles back into the Vatican disguised as a Nazi officer; and at the end there's a beautiful scene for those of you who like love-filled, happy endings. Even though there is a number of mentions of Catholiscism and God, I believe this is a drama/war movie at its core, not a religious one.
This is a moving story about oppression and redemption. Even though you'll hate Kapplar for his Nazi position, he's not a cookie-cutter villain: We can see how he loves his wife and children. And O'Flaherty is no goody-goody priest: we see him lose his temper, as well as refuse a plea for help (although he later does it anyway). The characters are solidly human.
Olga Karlatos is excellent as a widow from Malta who is sort of O'Flaherty's sidekick.
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Exact historical account or not aside, this movie has greatness above any of the criticisms that I have read here on Amazon.com. What makes this movie great is that from beginning to end it is a marvelous Catholic friendly movie, so unlike Hollywood to make. The ending scene and epilog tells it all very powerfully. What a tribute to the Church! The pro-Catholic view of the movie is not at the expense of Protestantism, so I don't think Protestants would be offended in any way. I think that all Christians can love this movie for what it is a movie of a historical event that is uplifting as can be. Another triumph of love and goodness. Our parish priest a number of years ago, thought so highly of this movie that he bought it for everyone in the parish. Do your family a favor and buy this tape or DVD. I run the Wayside Shrine Catholic retreat house. Everyone of our guests has thought very highly of this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such personal bravery, Goodness and charity will always overcome ...
Such personal bravery, Goodness and charity will always overcome evil.
Published 1 month ago by moya quinton
5.0 out of 5 stars Peck's character
I read the actual Biography book of Peck's character and like always it goes deeper into his life and the many people he saved from the Germans and Christopher Plummer character's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by PaulBartley
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer !!!
This is the first time I purchased from amazon and found the whole process is to follow. My item arrived quickly in the mail. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars This was awesome...
I have this movie on VHS and wanted it on DVD. Wonderful story and one of our favourite older movies. We will watch it a lot and still enjoy it.
Published 5 months ago by Diane Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet an Black DVD
Love any info on the Vatican. It would be wonderful to be able to believe that this simple Monsignor saved so many people from the Nazis.
Published 6 months ago by Joanne Briceland
3.0 out of 5 stars once only
The story itself was interesting enough, but I have to say that, for us, watching it once was enough. Perhaps the subject of the movie was the problem. Read more
Published 6 months ago by George Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent film
I've seen many movies dealing with the atrocities of WW2. We often learn mire from well produced films. This is one of them. Read more
Published 11 months ago by dancer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Dans la même veine que « The shoes of the fisherman », « Monsignor », « Cardinal », « The Scarlett in the black » tout ses films demeurent d'actualité même après... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gilles Laplante
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
An old, but good movie that was purchased for my mother-in-law who enjoys old movies with great stories to watch.
Published 19 months ago by Risé
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I really enjoyed this movie set in the second WW. It has action, suspense, is fast paced and keeps the person engaged all through it.
Published 20 months ago by Pattygram
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