The Scarlet and the Black

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Vatican efforts, lead by Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, to save Allied P.O.W.s and downed Allied airmen as the Nazis invade Rome.

ACTORS :  Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1983

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The Scarlet and the Black : Storyline

The Scarlet and the Black,  Fr. Hugh O’Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian Resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, but O’Flaherty’s activities become so large that the Nazis decide to assassinate him the next time he leaves the Vatican. O’Flaherty continues his work in a variety of disguises. Based on a true story.

So potent a film on the day John Paul 11 is buried!

The Scarlet and the Black,  I am not a Catholic myself, however, the story of Msgr Hugh O’Flaherty must be the most forgotten true story of the Second World War! It also gives us an inside view of the politics the Vatican faced in the 1940s and, presumably, today! The film reminds us all, that whatever the situation, there are always people who are prepared to help. O’Flaherty went beyond this. He hated the British, but saved many British (and American airman) from certain death. His actions saved the lives of thousands of Jews in Italy at not only great personal risk to himself, but to the others in his organisation.

The Scarlet and the Black,  There is talk today of making John Paul 11 a Saint. Surely somebody at the Vatican will remember this humble Monsignor who did (at the time) more to help mankind than anyone is such horrific circumstances. When I can afford it, I will visit this man’s grave and say a silent prayer. I don’t want a TV film crew there, but I want to say “Thank You” to a man who gave his all to save the free world! A certain telephone company ran a series of advertisements many years ago, asking who in History would you most like to talk to. For me… it would be Mons. Hugh O’Flaherty. At the moment in time, only this film, an area of trees and a gravestone honour this man. Surely he deserves more? An outstanding film, well cast, excellently photographed. Tension, intrigue, drama, even humour (dressing up as a Nun?) I say everyone should view this film. An inspiring, true life film.

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