The Pope’s Movie Picks

Pope Francis

Holy cow—the pope is a Criterion fan and he doesn’t even know it. As reported in Entertainment Weekly, during Pope Francis’s historic visit to the United States last week, the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia screened three films of which His Holiness has spoken fondly, and all three are titles in the collection: Roberto Rossellini’s Rome Open City, Federico Fellini’s La strada, and Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast. They’re not all necessarily films about religious faith, but, says the theater’s program director, “what’s evident is the realism and the focus on the working class and the human condition.”

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