Wednesday, March 25

Special Events ArchiveBoston Underground Film Festival 2015

Gone with the Pope

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Director: Duke Mitchell
Screenwriter: Duke Mitchell
Cast: Duke Mitchell, Lorenzo Dardado, Jim LoBianco
USA, 83 min, 1976

BUFF logoGone with the Pope stars Duke Mitchell as Paul, a gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the pope and charge “a dollar from every Catholic in the world” as the ransom. Shot in 1975 as Kiss the Ring, Gone with the Pope was unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981.

Duke Mitchell was an Italian Rudy Ray Moore, a popular nightclub performer, singer, actor, and self-proclaimed “Mr. Palm Springs” whose long-running Martin & Lewis-style comedy act with partner Sammy Petrillo was featured in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla. Mitchell went on to use his talents and show business connections to produce two of the most entertaining films of the Seventies, which he wrote, directed, produced, scored and starred in.

Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered Gone with the Pope in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-nominated film editor Murawski (The Hurt Locker, Spider-Man 1, 2 & 3) spent 15 years completing Gone with the Pope from the surviving film elements.

“Of all the films I have been involved with, the one that I am most proud of is Gone With the Pope. Duke Mitchell didn’t live to see this masterpiece finished. I am honored to be the person to finish it for him. Completing this movie was a 15-year labor of love. No expense or effort was spared in rescuing this classic from cinematic oblivion and finishing it with the utmost quality. Our beautiful 35mm print stands as a testament to Duke Mitchell’s unique and explosively entertaining vision.”

– Bob Murawski


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  • Wednesday 3/25 at 9:45 PM

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