MASSACRE IN ROME depicts one of the worst atrocities of the War which took place in Nazi occupied Rome sparking a searing political outrage: did the Vatican, then led by Pope Pius XII (referred to by some as Hitler's Pope ), kowtow to Nazism? After Italian Partisans killed 33 German soldiers by exploding a roadside bomb, Hitler ordered the immediate execution of 10 Roman citizens for each dead soldier. When the Vatican withdrew from the matter, a deadly confrontation ensued between a priest, (Mastroianni) and a Nazi Officer Kapler (Burton at his best) who had been ordered to administer what would become one of the most heinous war crimes: the massacre of 335 civilians.¬ Director Cosmatos and writer Robert Katz crank up the tension in this nerve-wracking dramatisation of Katz s own, highly contentious, 1967 best-seller Death in Rome in which he blamed Pope Pius XII for the massacre; and for which the author was sued, upon the film s release, by the Pope s heirs and sentenced to jail. The controversy continues to date as the present Pope, Benedict, has just declared Pius XII venerable - the first step towards Sainthood.¬ For 1st time on UK DVD, this film is presented as originally created: this is the complete version, now 4 min longer than ever, restored to its sumptuous original widescreen format. Directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo II, Tombstone) Starring Richard Burton, Leo Mckern & Marcello Mastroianni. Cinematography by award winning Marcello Gatti (Battle of Algiers). Music by Oscar ® winner Ennio Morricone EXTRAS Original English & Italian Theatrical Trailer "Argent Trailer Park" trailers for all Argent releases.