'Shades of Truth', new film on Pius XII and Holocaust

(AGI) Rome, March 2 - "Shades of Truth", a new film that aimsto shed light on Pope Pius XII and his relation to the Naziregime, had its world premiere at the Vatican on Monday. Themovie, directed by Liana Marabini, tackles the accusations thatPius XII was "Hitler's Pope" who allowed the systemic genocideof the Holocaust, and instead seeks to show that he was "theVatican's Schindler", who set up a vast network that helpedsave hundreds of thousands of people from the Third Reich. Thefilm features a top-level cast: David Wall, Gedeon Burkhard,Jennifer Mischiati,

(AGI) Rome, March 2 - "Shades of Truth", a new film that aimsto shed light on Pope Pius XII and his relation to the Naziregime, had its world premiere at the Vatican on Monday. Themovie, directed by Liana Marabini, tackles the accusations thatPius XII was "Hitler's Pope" who allowed the systemic genocideof the Holocaust, and instead seeks to show that he was "theVatican's Schindler", who set up a vast network that helpedsave hundreds of thousands of people from the Third Reich. Thefilm features a top-level cast: David Wall, Gedeon Burkhard,Jennifer Mischiati, Roberto Zibetti, Maria Pia Ruspoli,Victoria Zinny, Marie-Christine Barrault, Remo Girone,Giancarlo Giannini, and Christopher Lambert. David Wall playsthe main character, an Italian-American journalist of Jewishorigin called David Milano, who is commissioned to carry out aninquiry into Pope Pacelli. While investigating the story, thereporter's certainty that Pius XII's was "Hitler's Pope"collapses after he meets various Holocaust survivors who owetheir lives to the Pope. An ex-Mossad agent, played byGiancarlo Giannini, recounts how his mother was saved whilepregnant with him. Remo Girone plays the part of a formerPortuguese embassy official who, at the Pope's request,fabricated passports for Jews to escape. Among the manyencounters, the most important is between David Milano andmother Maria Angelica, a nun and former hippy who he tasks withorganising letters sent by Pope Pius XII and those he receivedin thanks from Italian Jews. During a dialogue between the twocharacters, the nun summarises the film's message, creditingthe Pope's diplomatic skills: knowing that "silence is golden"and expressing condemnation would have led to a massacre, thePope chose to "work in the shadows" and save hundreds ofpeople. David Milano's investigative journey is depicted as apurification, moving from darkness to light, from historicprejudices to a truth based on testimonies and documents. Atthe end of his journey, Milano realises that "Hitler's Pope"was in reality "the Pope of the Jews". (AGI).