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Religion is a touchy topic.
Time magazine, when it was a journalistic force, had a front page story entitled "Is God Dead". Certainly he, or whatever the Deity of the religion is called, Time would need a rewrite considering what has happened in the years since that edition. In my view, this film could easily offend believers of the Catholic faith. I don't think any large organizations or religions, with the best public reputations, do not have immense hypocrites. Whenever such a film is made, I think it would be better if a Catholic made a film about its Church. Otto Preminger, certainly is not a Roman Catholic. Fortunately for him, Catholics do not cause crusades anymore. One can not comment on this film without bringing religion into the discussion. However, it is a great story about a tortured, ambitious man, whose brother, a worldly detective, which could have been a tired cliche, but comes out well done and realistic. The scenery and acting is great, and well worth two hours, if one keeps in mind that for all its faults, the world owes a lot to the Church, if only bringing it out of the darkness of the Dark Ages.
I love long flicks and classics.Recently viewed Cassablanca on TCM and was blown away.No wonder this film rates.This brings me to the question, "Where has this film been".Indeed,I hadn't even heard of this film.This film, to me, brought together many moral,ethical and religious beliefs to the forefront,as well as many historical events to the viewer.I did enjoy it for what it was and thought how good this film could be done if redone without any restrictions on ethics,morals or religious views.Thanks TCM,great film.Shane.
Firstly, this film was NOT based on the life of Pope Benedict XVI. It was based on the life of Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York, and then Cardinal Ratzinger was just a consultant on the film. Please be careful when making statements about film, as someone always calls you on them when they're wrong!As for the film, it is beautifully photographed and Tom Tryon gives the performance of his career. The scenes in Rome and Vienna are wonder-filled and, as I've spent a great deal of time in both cities, I truly appreciated the scenes there. It should be noted that the views expressed in this film are from the late-1940s when the novel was written and have changed a great deal in the last sixty years! Times have changed tremendously since then. There are also some glaringly false scenes within the film. NO priest, particularly a Cardinal, would have given a Nazi salute and the then Pope, Pius XII, had zero sympathy with the Nazi movement, as history has shown.
A Masterfully Sensitive Epic .....
- Robert Read
Rarely have the complex challenges of modern religious life and the role of the Catholic Church in twentieth-century history been portrayed with as much sensitivity and subtlety as they were in this masterpiece. Tom Tryon, an underrated dramatic actor who later achieved more fame as a successful novelist, portrays the film's protagonist -- an American priest who recalls his life and career as he is about to be named a Cardinal on the brink of World War II -- with an air of sympathy and understanding that is always compelling, never maudlin. The supporting performances -- from Romy Schneider's morally-ambiguous luminescence to John Huston's sympathetic crustiness -- are consistently first-rate.
Preminger's Great Film
- David Atkins
Otto Preminger took risks, and in this film he set off a firestorm by producing a film about a Catholic Cardinal. In reality the film is well produced and to me a practicing Catholicnot at all objectionable. Preminger cast a fellow director John Huston in a major role along with Dorothy Gish and Romy Schneider. As the Cardinal Tom Tryon beat out Robert Redford and Warren Beatty to snare the star role. Stories about the filming have Preminger beating up on his star without mercy to the point of other cast members threatening to quit the film. Tryon would go on to star in yet another Preminger All Star film the great WWII film John Wayne's In Harms Way but again was hectored all during the filming and did quit the movies after a few minor films that followed this movie. Tom Tryon would go on to write novels one of which Fedora was made into a mesmerizing Billy Wilder movie starring William Holden. I recommend the Cardinal.
This is one of the great movies of all time. The music was composed by the same composer for "The Big Country". It has been so long since I watched this movie and how it brought back the emotional feelings that I experienced before. TCM please run this movie as many times as you can. Tom Tryon is(or was) such a great actor and also a great writer. I can never forget his book "Secret of Harvest Home" where Betty Davis carried the long scissors in the movie for TV. Mr. Tryon was also in "In Harms Way" "The Longest Day" and also a tv series which I don't believe lasted to long on the small screen as a cowboy. PLEASE RUN THIS MOVIE "THE CARDINAL" AGAIN. For those of you who would like some back ground The Cardinal was based on the religious life of Pope Benedict the XVI. Use your search engine to find out more if you wish. Sevi
Where Has This Film Been Hiding?
- Bill Twibill
Nominated for 6 academy awards and losing to the year of the big bore "Cleopatra", this beauty has been lost to the warehouses except for the recent release on CD in a pristine style for all to enjoy..the music by Jerome Moross was overlooked by the academy but can be purchased on line and the CD is also available for that georgeous score. The story is tame by todays standards but in 1947 the novel was considered very controversial and the movie was tamed for the church reasons..Preminger calmed the clerics of the Roman Church but they were not satisfied. Watch it for the beautiful segments in Georgia,Rome, Vienna and that georgeous photography which was won for the same cimematographer for Cleo.You will not be sorry.Have to love that cast especially Jihn Houston and Romy Schneider.