3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Worth the wait,
This review is from: The Shoes of the Fisherman [Region 2] [import] (DVD)
I have been looking for this film on DVD for ages and jumped at the chance to buy it when a Region 2 copy came on the market. One of my favourite films for many reasons, mostly because of the "behind-the-scenes" look at the the conclave which elects the Pope. It's very tastefully portrayed and, with clever editing using stock footage of a REAL Papal election (John XXIII), adds to the spectacle.
The scene where the new Pope goes AWOL is charming if a little implausible but if I had to have one gripe it would concern the rather tame way it dealt with the David Janssen character's affair. A little disappointing how that storyline fizzled out. Otherwise, this movie features top class performances from Anthony Quinn, Oskar Werner, Laurence Olivier, Leo McKern, Vittorio De Sica, David Janssen et al.
The DVD had few enough extras but given that the original movie was made in the late 1960s when there would hardly have been a demand for such luxuries, and the fact that most of the principals have now died, this omission could probably be excused.