Saturday, November 2, 2002

From the NYTimes (LRR) a profile of the Jesuit who reviews film for La Civiltà Cattolica

He works for a publication that is written and edited by him and other Jesuits, with whom he lives in an enclave in the Eternal City. It is published with all the typographical flourish of "Foreign Affairs" and distributed to about 15,000 readers, most in Roman collars.His allotted niche is usually just inside the back cover, following the bibliography for the more prominently featured articles ("The Mystery of the Pentecost," "With Regard to Euthanasia and the 'Right to Die'"), as if he were providing an afterthought of empty calories at the end of a nutritious spiritual feast. But, somehow, Father Fantuzzi and his ruminations are known throughout the Italian movie industry and Italian cultural circles, and even beyond. "Many directors who would never read Civiltà Cattolica buy it just to read one of his reviews," said Paolo Benvenuti, who is one of them.

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