In a mixture of religion, history and architecture, Lost road of the Popes is an interesting journey through the lives of six Popes trying to restore the catholic faith in the 16th century. It is the untold story of the most profound urban and religious restoration in the history of Europe, and the characters who participated in it.
The film is a well-researched and tasteful representation of history, ensuring its cohesive and interesting format will fill in any gaps you may have about Rome and Catholicism. In fact, you will witness how beautiful monuments and churches that helped glorify and restore the Catholic faith were built.
The main focus of the movie is the Via Papale, the road of the Popes, and how it became so influential in the survival of Catholicism. This was the road connecting the Vatican to the Lateran basilicas, and is mostly unknown to modern romans.
Inspired by this Holy Road and the Popes who transited it in the days of the Roman Empire, six different Popes in different lifetimes vowed to restore it, erecting some of the most beautiful buildings, designed by masters like Michelangelo, Bernini and others.
Historical experts and beautiful shots are involved in an artistic way
Each Pope had his own agenda, allegiances, problems and fortunes, but they all had in common the desire to rebuild the ceremonial papal route through the center of the Eternal City. Nevertheless, this is not a sensationalist film. The narrative and the interviews make Lost Road of the Popes one of the most respectful depictions of the roman Catholicism ever made.
The ingredients for a masterpiece are there: beautiful shots in high definition, interviews with passionate historical and religious experts, and a powerful score help tell the history of how this road rose to glory and fell from it. Even the use of special effects was gorgeously left to a minimum, ensuring that the focus is set on the buildings and the people.
Even though this movie is targeted to Catholics and catholic organization, the well-built artistic nature of the film makes it a perfect opportunity for those who appreciate art and architecture. The domes of Rome, columns, frescoes and paints of the city will appeal to those who are interested in how architecture and urbanism can have an impact on politics and history.
Via Papale, as explained by one of the interview subjects, does not only translate to a physical road on which the Popes traveled. It is an intangible route inspiring others to do greater things for their faith and their people. It is the way to not only become, but to be a Pope. It might mean a way to build and create; to live on.
The Lost road of the Popes unfolds the miracle of the restoration of Rome and its Papal rules, and their survival until modern days thanks to magnificent buildings. It is the victory of beauty and faith over obsolescence. It also helps us understand why that once powerful road has been forgotten, overshadowed by modernization until it was unmarked from modern maps.