Of Men, Roles and Rules: Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam

  • Author(s): Davide Zordan
  • When: 2013-10
  • Where: Journal of Religion & Film
  • This paper focuses on Nanni Moretti’s Habemus Papam and in particular on its representation of the interaction between religion and masculinity. In the light of gender studies, it asks which idea of masculinity, but also of fatherhood, Catholicism and its system of authority tend to encourage according to the film, and it assesses the opportunities for change that the film imaginatively explores. The analysis of the idea of masculinity investigates in particular the distinction between person and office, the necessity of which is dramatically illustrated in the film.

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