The Cardinal

Screening on Film
Directed by Otto Preminger.
With Romy Schneider, Tom Tryon, Carol Lynley.
US, 1963, 35mm, color, 175 min.

The limits of Catholic guilt are explored in Otto Preminger’s epic tale of a young priest from Boston (Tryon) and his journey from the seminary to the heights of the religious establishment. Preminger’s flair for narrative is on full display in this transcontinental saga that presciently, and frankly, examines concerns about issues both within the Church (abortion, adultery) and beyond (racism, anti-Semitism). Romy Schneider stars as the young Austrian student who tests the virtue of the ambitious priest.

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