The Cardinal (1963)
Average Rating: 6/10
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Youthful pride. Yearnings of the flesh. Moments of doubt. The courage of conviction. All enter into a dedicated American's decades-long rise from priesthood to the leadership elite of the College of Cardinals.
Dec 12, 1963 Wide
Feb 25, 2003
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This is an extremely well constructed film, made with a balance that keeps its overflowing plot line in perfect control.
Risible script based on a doorstop novel by Henry Morton Robinson, but handled by Preminger with tremendous panache; worth seeing just for the incredible skill and flair with which he stages the action and moves the camera.
he end is a great letdown from what Mr. Preminger might have accomplished with the 1950 novel of Henry Morton Robinson. There is no strong flow of spirit through it. Even the melodrama is perfunctory and weak.
It's nothing more than a kitsch take on the good and bad of the Catholic Church, but it has the chutzpah to pose as a work of art.
Thematically, Preminger's drama about internal church politics is most intriguing; too bad that the lead, Tom Tryon, is miscast.
Implausible epic telling of Tom Tryon as courageous priest has great Moross score.
I lasted a little over halfway through before figuring that it wasn't going to get any better...
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