The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) 1080p YIFY Movie

The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) 1080p

The Shoes of the Fisherman is a movie starring Anthony Quinn, Laurence Olivier, and Oskar Werner. Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after twenty years as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Father...

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  • Genre: Drama |
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 3.09G
  • Resolution: / fps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 156
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 40 / 40

The Synopsis for The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) 1080p

Ukrainian Archbishop Kiril Lakota is set free after twenty years as a political prisoner in Siberia. He is brought to Rome by Father David Telemond, a troubled young priest who befriends him. Once at the Vatican, he is immediately given an audience with the Pope, who elevates him to Cardinal Priest. The world is on the brink of war due to a Chinese-Soviet feud made worse by a famine caused by trade restrictions brought against China by the U.S. When the Pontiff suddenly dies, Lakota's genuine character and unique life experience move the College of Cardinals to elect him as the new Pope. But Pope Kiril I must now deal with his own self-doubt, the struggle of his friend Father Telemond, who is under scrutiny for his beliefs, and find a solution to the crisis in China.

The Director and Players for The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) 1080p

[Director]Michael Anderson
[Role:]Laurence Olivier
[Role:]Oskar Werner
[Role:]Anthony Quinn
[Role:]David Janssen

The Reviews for The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) 1080p

Great performances and little elseReviewed byJugu AbrahamVote: 7/10

I first saw this film in 1971 and was in awe of the selection process of the Pontiff that the film presented in lengthy yet pleasing detail. Even today it would be difficult to access the locations within the Vatican the film showed. The real hero of the film is Morris L West, the author of the book, who could foresee the selection of a Pope from a Communist country, just as H G Wells predicted the landing on the moon.

The mainstay of the film beyond the story are the performers (in order of merit): Oscar Werner, Anthony Quinn, Leo McKern, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Vittorio De Sica, and David Janssen.

This was probably the finest performance of Oscar Werner. It is indeed unfortunate that he did not live to endear us long after this movie was made.

Quinn on the other hand had played somewhat similar roles; his "Barrabas" was very close to this one and probably a richer performance; so was his "25th Hour" where he has to suffer when he is mistaken for a Jew in a Nazi labour camp. Quinn finest moment, and probably the film's strongest scene, was the incognito Pope praying as a Jewish rabbi would at the bedside of a sick man. The lines following the scene with Barbara Jefford (the Doctor wife of a TV reporter) spoken by Quinn "You never mentioned the word love" is probably one of the few strong lines in a lackadaisical script that are truly uplifting.

Leo McKern is a good actor and I would rate this performance as his second best--second only to his Ryan in Lean's "Ryan's Daughter". The scene where he admits his guilt of being jealous is very well developed.

De Sica is good always great as an actor and as a director. After great scenes in the beginning of the film, De Sica's character vanishes which is a major flaw in the film. John Gielgud has played a Pope often ("Becket" for one) that he just slips into the role like a glove.

Laurence Olivier is great to watch but ridiculous to hear him deliver his lines. Even though he is able to play the role of the Russian leader well, his Russian English based on a heavy "th" sound only provides amusement. This would have succeeded had he persisted in bringing more Russian sounds in his speech. In comparison, Frank Finlay is more Russian than Olivier in this film. Actress Rosemary Dexter has proved her acting capability in Swedish films providing good foil to reputed actresses like Bibi Andersen; yet she has got insignificant roles in films like this one.

The screenplay and direction are weak but the subplots involving David Janssen and Oscar Werner add life to the listless screenplay. Though the movie has its strong moments, the intervention of international politics involving superpowers make the film and West's story unbelievable.

Visual extravaganzaReviewed bydleifkerVote: 8/10

The visual richness of this movie is simply breathtaking. I was swept along by the vividness of the images and almost found myself ignoring the plot. After it was over, I was shocked to learn that it was 162 minutes long because it seemed much shorter. My only gripe is that the plot feels thin, and too much time is spent on the crumbling marriage of the TV reporter and his wife. They could have left that out and expanded the main plot, which literally concerned the fate of the planet. Nevertheless, there are many enjoyable parts of this film, especially if you're curious about the inner workings (and pomp) of the Vatican.

Reviewed byAFFCONVote: /10

Technically, this is not a great film, but I'm still a sucker for Shoes ofthe Fisherman. I love its idealism. As a Catholic, I love the vision ofcourage that this film holds out for the Church -- it is the way I wish itreally were. This film has an epic quality to it, with expansive, lavishsettings and a rich texture. This is one of the few films I can watchagainand again and enjoy every time.

This movie is not without its flaws. The editing is awkward and the filmcould have been tightened a bit (okay, a lot!). One of the things thatbugsme is how the character of Cardinal Rinaldi (the Vatican Secretary of Stateplayed by Vittorio De Sica, who is pivotal in the early part of the movie)disappears in the second half without any explanation.

Also, the sub-plot with David Janssen as a philandering television reporteris annoying and superfluous. His only redeeming contribution is in how,during his reports, he provides good exposition about the traditionsinvolved in burying one pope and electing the next.

But these things pale next to Oskar Werner's wonderful, understatedperfomance as a philosopher/archeologist/priest who becomes friends withthesoon-to-be Pope Kiril. (This character, Fr. David Telemond, is clearlybased on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.) The relationship of suspicion andaffection between these two men is very engaging.

Werner has one of the best lines in the film when, after his character iscensored by a pontifical commission, he says, "The Church. I hate her,still I cannot leave her. I love her, still I cannot live in her inpeace."I think that line is beautiful and sums up the way many Catholicsfeel!

Finally, I have to say that I am not a big Anthony Quinn fan. I usuallyfound him to be hammy. (I think he got a little too much mileage out ofhisZorba schtick!) But in this film, he is wonderfully restrained. He givesasoulful performance as a reluctant hero who has suffered much and now onlywants to be left in peace, but who also feels the call of his God and hisfellow human beings. In my opinion, even though it is largely ignored bythe critics, Quinn gave his best performance in Shoes of theFisherman.

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