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Boston Globe (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Boston, Mass.
Author: Thomas, Jack
Date: Apr 21, 1984
Start Page: 1
Section: LIVING
Abstract (Document Summary)

The story begins on Sept. 29, 1978, with the death of Pope [John Paul I] I, then flashes back to Karol Wojtyla as a youth in Wadowice, Poland. Throughout the three hours, the story moves from past to future. The sequence is easy to follow, though, in part because of a clever device by director Herbert Wise to introduce scenes from Wojtyla's early life in black and white.

Three cheers also for the makeup artists, because [Albert Finney] looks eerily like the Pope. And Finney has mastered the Pope's stoop and his hand gestures, too.

If there's a sin in the Pope's past, there's no evidence of it here. In giving us Wojtyla as a man without a flaw, director Wise also has given us a story without a moral dilemma and, therefore, without dramatic edge.

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