In the Pope's Eye

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In the Pope's Eye
Directed by Renzo Arbore
Produced by Mario Orfini
Emilio Bolles
Written by Renzo Arbore
Luciano De Crescenzo
Starring Renzo Arbore
Roberto Benigni
Music by Renzo Arbore
Cinematography Luciano Tovoli
Release date
  • 1980 (1980)
Running time
110 min (original cut)
  • 98 min (home video cut)
Country Italy
Language Italian

In the Pope's Eye (Italian: Il pap'occhio) is a 1980 Italian comedy film written and directed by Renzo Arbore.

It was released in September 1980, and it was heavily attacked by the Catholic press. Three weeks later it was confiscated "for insulting the Catholic religion and the person of the Holy Pope" on the orders of the L'Aquila prosecutor Donato Massimo Bartolomei.[1][2][3]

The film grossed 5 billion lire being the 5th best grossing film in Italy in the 1980/1981 season.[1]


The musician Renzo Arbore has a vision of Don Gabriel, who came to bring an Annunciation by the Vatican: in fact, Pope John Paul II, watching television, was impressed by a commercial promoting beer of which Arbore was the spokesman, and decided to hire him as artistic director of the nascent Vatican state television. Then Arbore and his company come to the Vatican to get down to work. Meanwhile, a bigot and traditionalist prelate, Cardinal Richelieu, plot to boycott the initiative of the Pope.



  1. ^ a b "Cinema: 'Pap'occhio' in dvd, Arbore "oggi non farei film sul Papa". Agenzia Giornalistica Italia. 19 April 2010. Archived from the original on April 25, 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  2. ^ Irene Bignardi (19 October 1998). "Musical stravagante per niente blasfemo". La Repubblica. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  3. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer,1999. ISBN 8820029197.

External links

  • In the Pope's Eye on IMDb

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