Cinema: Papal Passion

THE ABDICATION

Directed by ANTHONY HARVEY Screenplay by RUTH WOLFF

Here are two of the best film actors in the world, looking miserable and fighting hard as they try to scrounge a scrap of grace and dignity from the shambles of this shopgirl's religious romance. Liv Ullmann and Peter Finch first met on screen in Lost Horizon, an unnatural disaster of a movie which required them to bill and coo at each other while chorus boys in loincloths leapt all about them. In The Abdication, they bill and coo once again-this time with spiritual fervor....

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