Film Info: “Romero” (1989) – Directed by John Duigan, starring Raul Julia – 105 minutes
Distributor: Available from Amazon (www.amazon.com)
Summary: Feature film based on the story of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, 1980 victim of a political assassination.
From the review by Roger Ebert:
- Romero was shot to death while celebrating mass. He was, at the time, not only the spiritual leader of El Salvador’s Catholics but one of the most outspoken critics of the government – a government portrayed in this film as little more than a holding company for the economic exploiters of the country. But Romero was not always a critic, and the movie follows his career from the day when he is selected as archbishop because he is considered a “safe” and “moderate” man who will not rock the boat.
- The radicalization of Romero is shown in terms of his responses to a series of personal experiences. He counsels trust, but then he sees deception. He would like to consider the government honest, but he is lied to. He sees the evidence of murder and repression, and he cannot ignore it any longer. His conscience eventually requires him to speak out against a government that is denying basic human freedoms to its citizens.