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Director: Duke Mitchell

Screenwriter: Duke Mitchell

Producer: Duke Mitchell

Editor: Bob Murawski

Cast: Duke Mitchell, Lorenzo Dardado, Jim LoBianco, Peter Milo

Cinamatographer: Peter Santoro

Music: Dominico Salvatora Miceli, Jeffrey Mitchell, Chris Virzi, Christopher Young




Gone with the Pope

Scheduled to attend: Bob Murawski


narrative • USA • 2010 • 35mm • 82 MIN

section: Restorations and Rediscoveries

Paul (writer and director Duke Mitchell) is a sleazy small-time gangster who comes up with a particularly unholy scheme: kidnap the pope and demand a "dollar from every catholic in the world" as ransom. Mitchell was a former nightclub entertainer who, along with Sammy Petrillo, was one half of a popular Martin and Lewis knockoff act and co-star of Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952). In the 1970s, Mitchell turned to independent, low-budget filmmaking with the ultra-violent Massacre Mafia Style (1974). At the time of Mitchell's death in 1981, his second feature, then titled Kiss the Ring, existed only in an unassembled form. Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski (The Hurt Locker) has taken on an enormous labor of love by creating a finished film from Mitchell's bawdy, imaginative, and often hilarious footage. The result is a fast-paced exploitation effort with plenty of nudity, violence, and deeply felt views on organized religion. Murawski, whose work on Gone with the Pope extended over 15 years, will be joined in person by Associate Producer Chris Innis to talk about what went into bringing this small-scale masterpiece back from the brink of cinematic oblivion and how it prepared Murawski for putting together Orson Welles's similarly unassembled The Other Side of the Wind, also showing at this year's WFF. (JH)

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