Cinema: On a Crooked Cross

Question 7 (Louis de Rochemont Associates). The hammer and sickle is a crooked sort of cross, but on it many millions of Christian martyrs hang. This picture-sponsored by the same Lutheran groups and produced by the same film company that made Martin Luther, one of the memorable religious films of the '50s—compresses in one patiently detailed and quietly harrowing episode the essential facts about the most massive, subtle and effective persecution in Christian history.

The story, written from case histories by Allan Sloane and ably directed by TV's Stuart Rosenberg, takes place in a...

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