Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)
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For spending much of her life helping the poor and unfortunate, the late Dorothy Day was known as the American Mother Teresa. This biopic tells her inspirational story. The film begins in 1917 when Day was living in Greenwich Village, hanging out with such notorious liberals as Eugene O'Neill and working as a politically active radical journalist strongly supporting women's suffrage. Back then, Day was equally committed to fast living and free loving. As a result she ends up pregnant. After suffering a devastating abortion, the traumatized Day leaves the Village and spends the next two years on Staten Island living with Forster Batterham, a former crony from her bohemian days. She later bears his daughter. Not long afterward, her friendship with the selfless Sister Aloyisius, a nun who has devoted her own life helping the poor, causes Day to look deeply at her professed atheism and she eventually adopts Catholicism. Later mother and child move to Manhattan sans Forster. There Day begins working with the needy while trying to reestablish her career. Instead of returning to radical writing, Day co-founds The Catholic Worker, a newspaper dedicated to her new cause and to criticizing the rigid class distinctions of the Establishment that only serve to keep the poor oppressed and hopeless. Along the way, Day is occasionally assisted by French philosopher/activist Peter Maurin who sticks by her even when critics attempt to vilify her by calling her a communist sympathizer and a socialist. … More
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