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The Abdication
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Directed byAnthony Harvey
Written byRuth Wolff
Produced byJames Cresson
Robert Fryer
StarringPeter Finch
Liv Ullmann
CinematographyGeoffrey Unsworth
Edited byJohn Bloom
Music byNino Rota
Color processTechnicolor
Warner Bros.
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • 5 December 1974 (1974-12-05) (UK)
  • October 3, 1974 (1974-10-03) (USA)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Abdication is a 1974 British historical drama film directed by Anthony Harvey and starring Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Cyril Cusack, Graham Crowden and James Faulkner. The film's score was composed by Nino Rota.


In 1655, Queen Christina arrives in Rome after renouncing her Protestant kingdom to embrace the Catholic Church. Cardinal Azzolino, a favorite as successor to the dying Pope, is assigned to examine her. They fall in love and contemplate fleeing, but the Pope's death sees Azzolino re-embracing the Church and rejecting Christina.


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