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A clergyman sits on a golden throne, holding an alterboy in his lap. They are surrounded by more members of the clergy.

Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara Rapito

  Marco Bellocchio

  Italy, France, Germany     134 minutes


A shocking, emotionally wrenching melodrama taken straight from the pages of history, Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara tells the story of Edgardo Mortara, a six-year-old Jewish boy in Bologna who was stolen from his parents to be raised by the Catholic Church in 1858. Edgardo was secretly baptized when he was a baby, according to his nurse, stoking anti-Semitic fears that he would be “sacrificed” by his parents for this transgression. His parents try desperately to get their son back, but the conspiracy to claim the child for Catholicism goes all the way to Pope Pius IX (Paolo Pierobon).

Veteran director Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket) handles Edgardo’s story with a blend of righteous anger and sumptuous craftsmanship, for a film that makes a lasting impression both through its story and its style.

 Hebrew, Italian with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Beppe Caschetto, PaoloDel Brocco, Simone Gattoni
  •   Francesca Calvelli, Stefano Mariotti
  •   Francesco Di Giacomo
  •   Enea Sala, Leonardo Maltese, Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi, Filippo Timi, Fabrizio Gifuni
  •   Fabio Massimo Capogrosso
  •   Maurizio Feverati, Alessio Lazzareschi
  •   Kavac Film
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