So, Diane, you enjoyed VIFF from the bottom of your heart, didn’t you?
Oh yes, very much so. . . I still believe, VIFF 2019 was their best year ever for riveting films.
You love “The Two Popes” best of all films for the festival, eh?
Yes, I do.
I haven’t seen it yet. . . Tell me about it.
Well . . . It is a docudrama directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten, based on McCarten’s 2017 play “The Pope”. . . It stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis.
It is an adaptation from the play, eh?
Yes, it is. . . Anyway, many people love it.
Actually, according to Variety, it is an absolute hit at its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, receiving praise for its humour and the two lead actors’ performances. . . On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 33 reviews, with an average of 7.8/10. . . On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100.
I see. . . So what is so good about the movie?
As I said in the email, the performances of the major actors are superb.
I wonder how it goes. . .
Well . . . It is about one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years.
Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict.
Then what happens?
Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church.
. . . sound interesting!
Oh yes, it is. . . Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.
Diane, I’m not really interested in religious matters, but I understand how come Cardinal Bergoglio wanted to retire in 2012.
Oh do you? . . . Tell me why the cardinal wanted to retire.
Well . . . I viewed “Spotlight” three years ago.
Are you saying that Cardinal Bergoglio wanted to retire after seeing the above movie?
Oh no. . . The above movie was released in 2015. . . The cardinal told the pope in 2012 that he wanted to retire. . . So obviously the cardinal hadn’t seen the above movie when he told the pope his wish to retire.
Then why did he want to retire?
Well . . . Even though he didn’t see the above movie, he must’ve known the widespread pedophilia scandals and subsequent cover-ups within the Catholic Church.
So Cardinal Bergoglio was sick and tired of the scandals and cover-ups, huh?
Yes, that’s the reason, I think, the cardinal wanted to retire.
Diane, there are so many cases reported for sexual abuses by priests. . . See the following for example.
Priest sex abuse:
New report lists 212 Catholic priests
in Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco dioceses
accused of child sex abuse
In addition to the newspapers, there are a number of YouTube clips discloseing sex abuse by priests:
Naturally, Cardinal Bergoglio must’ve known these scandals and was worried about the future of the Catholic Church.
I see. . . I sympathize with the victims. . . In any case, I strongly recommend you view “The Two Popes”.
I’d really love to see it. . . Actually, I’ve just placed a purchase request for the DVD.
So, you’re gonna borrow it as soon as the library gets one.
Yes, I will.
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.
As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.
Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.