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The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) was a Drama Film directed by Michael Anderson .

Academy Awards 1968 --- Ceremony Number 41 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: George W. Davis, Edward CarfagnoNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlex NorthNominated
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Fr. David Telemond: It is strange. When a president dies, he's replaced within an hour. When a king dies, long live the king. When a pope dies, everything stops.


Piotr Ilyich Kamenev: Every day we ask ourselves what can we do about it before the nightmare turns itself into a mushroom cloud blotting out the sun.


Kiril Lakota: [the shadow of the cross is on the Pope's empty chair during this exchange of dialog] Leone, how does a man ever know if his actions are for himself or for God?
Cardinal Leone: You don't know. You have a duty to act. But you have no right to expect approval, or even a successful outcome.
Kiril Lakota: So, in the end, my friend, we are alone?
Cardinal Leone: Yes. I have seen three men sit in this room. You are the last I shall see. Each of them, in his turn, came to where you stand now, the moment of solitude. I have to tell you there is no remedy for it. You are here until the day you die. And the longer you live, the lonelier you will become. You will use this man and that for the work of the church. But when the work is done, or the man has proved unequal to it, you will let him go and find another. You want love. You need it, as I do. Even though I am old. You may have it for a little while, but you will lose it again. Like it or not, you are condemned to a solitary pilgrimage, from the day of your election until the day of your death. This is a Calvary, Holiness. And you have just begun to climb.


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The plane shown on arrival at the airport in Rome is a DC 8-33, named "Rurik Viking", registration SE-DBA, that was operated by Scandinavian Airlines from May 1960 until April 1970.
Reference is made to Kiril being the first non-Italian pope to be elected since Adrian VI 400 years earlier. In real life, this happened 10 years after this film was released with the election of Pope John Paul II.
In the scene where Pope Kiril prays over the body of the Jewish man, he recites the Shema. However, rather than say "Adonai", he says, "Hashem." This is because "Adonai" is traditionally only said when one is actually at prayer, and not simply reciting a prayer in a secular context, as in during a performance (specifically, in a movie).
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