Cinema: Unwed Father

A burned-out pop singer, Valeria Billi (Sophia Loren) has enough troubles for a group. One more cataclysm cannot matter—so she falls in love with a priest, Don Mario (Marcello Mastroianni). These are the '70s, and married priests are not unheard of. But this is also provincial Padua, and the residue of two millenniums bows the Father's shoulders. Should he yield to his passions or to tradition? In The Priest's Wife he accommodates both, thereby demonstrating that sin beloved by Italian film makers: hypocrisy within the cloth.

Doubtless, Director Dino Risi wished to reveal the two faces of the church as well, but...

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