THEOCRACY ON SCREEN: Anthony Quinn is Pope in "The Shoes of the Fisherman" (1968)


THEOCRACY ON SCREEN: Anthony Quinn is Pope in "The Shoes of the Fisherman" (1968)
by Darius Kadivar

Set in a futuristic vision of the late 1980's, Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia. Kiril is elected Pope amidst a Sino-Soviet feud, and risks of a nuclear conflict. The Shoes of the Fisherman is a 1968 film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Anthony Quinn, Sir Laurence Olivier, Oskar Werner , David Janssen and Vittorio De Sica.
The Shoes of the Fisherman (Trailer):   Fr. David Telemond (Oskar Werner) is under investigation for his radical beliefs:    

  Plot: Set in a futuristic vision of the late 1980's, Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after two decades as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Fr. David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends him. Once at the Vatican, he is immediately given an audience with the Pope, who elevates him to Cardinal Priest. The world is on the brink of war due to a Chinese-Soviet feud made worse by a famine caused by trade restrictions brought against China by the U.S. When the Pontiff suddenly dies, Lakota's genuine character and unique life experience move the College of Cardinals to elect him as the new Pope. But Pope Kiril I must now deal with his own self-doubt, the struggle of his friend Fr. Telemond who is under scrutiny for his beliefs, and find a solution to the crisis in China. 
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Sargord Pirouz


by Sargord Pirouz on

I just attempted to watch "The Queen and I." I gave it a chance but lost interest at about the ten minute mark. Too much personal commiserating. 

We don't have these kinds of stories in our family. That's because no one in the family is subversive in Iran. And the ones that object to that form of governance are all in the US, France and Switzerland. Myself, I respect the ones that stayed. 

Anyway, Darius, I did give it a chance.

Oh, and by the way, what's with Farah's hoarse voice? She sounds worse than my 102 year old grandfather. I was also surprised that her Mercedes-Benz autos were of the older body styles. They also did not appear armored. Has the family managed to squander the majority of that huge fortune taken away from Iran's treasury back in '79? 

Darius Kadivar

No Wonder SPink Jaan ... Now Lend me your other Cheek ... ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Given the Fact that this movie predicted the advent of a Pope from the Eastern Bloc exactly 10 years prior to the advent of Polish John Paul II who greatly contributed to the Victory of Solidarnosc and the dissolution of the Soviet Empire and the Berlin Wall ...


Strange that you need to rely on other people's opinions on a feature length movie which you barely watched the first 10 minutes to shape your own opinion.

All the more that given your extraordinary academic achievements, encyclopedic knowledge and avid appetite for books you and your friends failed to notice that this movie was first and foremost based on a best selling novel The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris West ...

But I won't insult your intelligence by asking you to read the first few chapters if not paragraphs to draw an opinion of your own ...

Oh By the way salameh Maro beh Doosteh Deegharet  Mehmet Ali Ağca ham Beresoon:

Pope Assassination Attempt

I am sure given the fact that he was kicked out of the Turkish Army for  "antisocial personality disorder" that should qualify him for a post as an Officer of the Bassijis under your command !

I am sure you can ask the Larijani Bros to make an official request to their close friend Erdogan to this effect !

Lastly given that your half breed Christian credentials are now clearly exposed, maybe Next time you come to Paris I can ask you to just make sure to lend me your other Cheek after I invite you to lunch at the nearest Mcdonalds  on the Champs Elysées ...


Take Care Judas !






Sargord Pirouz

No, I disagree with you

by Sargord Pirouz on

No, I disagree with you Darius. Besides, Khamenei has issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons.

Also, my old Soviet acquaintances, as well as East German and Yugoslavian friends, would all take issue with this B-movie cold war depiction. 

But you know what? They still run this movie on the Catholic cable channel here in the US. They also happen to play the Iranian-Catholic movie "Son of Maryam" which I like very much. (My American mother's catholic, Darius)

Darius Kadivar

Dated ? SPink Jaan I would suggest Your IRI Pope to watch it

by Darius Kadivar on

Specifically in the current Nuclear Crisis where He would learn one or two things about "khod Gozashtegy","modesty" and "love of mankind" as professed in the holy texts of the three great Monotheistic religions ( aside from Zoroastrianism which would make Four ) ...

Maybe then Zahak Ali can even Dance Like Zorba on a Persian Gulf Beach with his friend Mahmoud after halting the Stoning of Sakineh Mohamadi Ashtiani.

How about that for the redemption of his corrupt soul to compensate for the LONG LIST of his well recorded sins ? ...

Too Bad your master Zahak Ali ain't Christian otherwise I would ask him to lend me his other cheek ... va Yek Too Gooshy Mohkam ham behesh meezadam !




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Sargord Pirouz

I tried watching this last

by Sargord Pirouz on

I tried watching this last year on YouTube. I didn't make it past the first ten minutes. Too dated and contrived.

Two roles sant out for Quinn:

Auda in Lawrence of Arabia

Zorba in Zorba the Greek

(Quinn's portrayal of Zorba reminded me of my Iranian dad's best friend, also an Iranian)