|Pope John Paul I: The Smile of God|
|Written by||Francesco Scardamaglia |
|Directed by||Giorgio Capitani|
|Country of origin||Italy|
|Running time||180 min.|
|Original network||Rai 1|
Pope John Paul I: The Smile of God (Italian: Papa Luciani - Il sorriso di Dio) is a 2006 Italian television movie written and directed by Giorgio Capitani. The film is based on real life events of Roman Catholic Pope John Paul I.
Contrary to his father's socialist views, Albino Luciani (the Pope’s birth name) entered the lower seminary in Feltre. After being ordained a priest in 1935, he became a vicar in his home parish. Then, while teaching theology at the seminary, he wrote a doctoral dissertation. In 1958 he became a bishop of Vittorio Veneto, in 1973 a cardinal, and a pope in 1978.