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The Cardinal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    This is arguably one of the best films to come out of Hollywood,

    This is arguably one of the best films to come out of Hollywood, and is, as far as I am concerned, the only movie Thomas Tryon ever made. A monumental film ; one of Preminger's best.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Cardinal - Good movie for Lent

    I had previously seen this movie. I did not have the DVD. I have been collecting many of the old Religious movies of the past and watch them during Lent. A well done movie about becoming a Cardinal in the Catholic Church. A very compasionate movie. Will watch it every year during Lent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pristine Tranfser of Overwrought Melodrama

    An intercontinental journey spanning nearly 25 years, 'The Cardinal' is a masterfully told saga. Otto Preminger directs with his usual adroit perception of the human condition as he tempts the faith of a Catholic cardinal (Tom Tryon) from Rome to Boston and Vienna. Along the way the film tackles such grandiose social issues as abortion, racism, celibacy and Fascism. Co-star John Huston was Oscar-nominated for his role as the fiery archbishop. Catholic priest, Steven Fermoyle (Tryon) returns to his home from taking his vows to discover that his sister, Mona (Carol Lynley) is in love with a Jewish man who is unwilling to give up his faith and that his brother, Frank (Bill Hayes) has abandoned the priesthood. Mona¿s obsession to marry leads her to a life of wanton debauchery that results in her death. In the meantime, Cardinal Glennon (John Huston) is determined to drive all of Steven¿s false pride from his soul. To this end he sends the young novice to work in a forgotten, frozen parish presided over by the Rev. Ned Halley (Burgess Meredith). When Halley dies, Steven is recalled to Rome where he meets a black southern priest, Father Gillis (Ossie Davis) who has come to ask for aid in fighting racism in his parish. The Vatican denies Gillis¿ request but Steven does indeed quietly take a leave to administer aid to Gillis¿ parish. He is attacked and brutally beaten by a sect of good ol¿ boys and nearly dies. The plot, from this point forward is rather rushed, unworthy of Preminger¿s usually sterling attention to pace. One gets the sense that Preminger would have liked another two or three hours to unfold the remainder of his tale which includes having Stephen return to Rome, then travel to Austria to regain is moral center. There he falls in love with Anna Marie VonHartmann (Romy Schneider) who does not know he is a priest. But Steven returns to his love of God, leaving Anna to marry a resistance operator during WWII in Nazi Germany who, unfortunately is discovered and jumps out a third story window to his death. From there Steven barely escapes Nazi persecution to once again return home to his family. Warner delivers another wonderful transfer. Though the colors have dated somewhat, this 1963 classic sparkles in a nicely balanced transfer. Over all, colors are vibrant. Blacks are deep. Contrast and shadow levels are fully realized. There appears to be little in the way of age related artifacts. Digital anomalies are equally absent. The audio is 5.1 and captures the essence of early stereo recording. EXTRAS: The masterful feature length documentary on Otto Preminger's life - he was quite the character! Also, a featurette of the same vintage as the film and a theatrical trailer. 'The Cardinal' is an unusual religious epic; legitimate and introspective, bold and magnificent. It is a film of great emotional power and quiet graceful elegance.

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