MASSACRE IN ROME

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BBFC 15

Director: George P. Cosmatos

100 Minutes Approx

• From the director of RAMBO 2, the producer of DR. ZHIVAGO & starring RICHARD BURTON.

• THE MOST COMPLETE EVER VERSION, NOW 4 MIN LONGER, RESTORED TO ITS SUMPTUOUS ORIGINAL WIDESCREEN FORMAT.

• Recently shown BBC with high ratings

• Directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo II, Tombstone)

• Starring Richard Burton (WHERE EAGLES DARE), 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.

SYNOPSIS

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 Kappler (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.

Massacre in Rome DVD on Amazon.co.uk


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