The Secret Conclave (1951)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Henry Vidon stars as Pope Pius X in the Italian Secret Conclave. The film traces the Pope's early life as a village priest, then follows him directly to the Vatican. The Papal installation, seldom seen before on film, is recreated on location at the Sistine Chapel, with several genuine cardinals in attendance. Dramatic conflict occurs when the Pope-to-be nearly refuses the honor, feeling himself unworthy. Also adding bite to the proceedings are the WW I scenes, detailing Pius X's efforts to put an end to the carnage. Secret Conclave ends with Pius X's death during Mass, a scene handled as tastefully as the rest of the film.