Cinema: A Priest's Story

The Cardinal. Producer-Director Otto Preminger has a penchant for grand and explosive themes: the establishment of the Jewish nation in Exodus, Washington politics in Advise and Consent, race in Porgy and Bess. Now he catechizes all the hopes, strains, doubts and pains of Roman Catholicism in one big, bad movie that millions will flock to see. Cardinal is the story, based on the late Henry Morton Robinson's 1950 bestseller, of a poor boy from Boston who rises through the priesthood to become a prince of the Roman Catholic Church. It is sure-sell religiosity....

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