Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.
In 1456, French King Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the seventeen-year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army, and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic.
Stephen Fermoyle has grown up in Boston at the turn of the twentieth century knowing that his destiny lies with the Catholic priesthood. Finally finishing his studies in Rome, he returns to America full of certitude and ambition to one day join the College of Cardinals. But his road to that office is a long one, paved with crises. In Boston, he must decide whether to save the life of his sister or her unborn child, conceived out of wedlock. In Austria, he confronts the question of whether to remain with the priesthood or abandon his oath so that he can be with the woman he loves. In Georgia, he contends with Rome's indifference in the face of racial bigotry. And in Austria, he finds himself personally involved in the church's dealings with the Third Reich.Written by
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Cameraman Leon Shamroy felt that Bradford Dillman would have been better casting for the title role. However, he appreciated the professionalism of director Otto Preminger, who completed this very large-scale picture in just 53 days - quite a change from Shamroy's immediately previous assignment on "Cleopatra", which occupied him for over a year. See more »
When the blood is flowing from the statue's heart and Father Fermoyle addresses the worshiping crowd, the length of the flow on the statue is inconsistent between cuts going from nearly all the way down the statue to being shown at midway down the statue and returning to be all the way down the statue. See more »
This one holds up extremely well. It's a real shame it seems to have fallen into public domaine, judging the poor quality tapes around. Some are at SLP and look terrible! In addition, Premminger used the wide screen Panavision lensing to greatly enhance the look, and much of this is lost in watching it pan&scan. There was a Laser Disc release on this one, which included the oveture, intermission, and E'trac music before part two. I originally saw this at the (now gone) Woods Theatre in downtown Chicago first run in 70mm. But I believe they ran it without an intermission. A number of 16mm IB Technicolor prints exist on THE CARDINAL, both in the Scope and masked (letterbox) format to preserve the full picture image. It's a matter of who HAS a print! The only theatrical trailer released was a GREAT 10 minute featurette in IB Technicolor & Scope with many behind the scenes shots of camera set-ups shootingin various locations. And there are several deleted from the final release scenes as well. Romy Schneider is one of my all time favorite actresses. She looks so BEAUTIFUL in this movie! One can only hope and pray that this one day winds up on DVD!! OR... how about someone coming up with the money to restore it for theatres?? I'll do the restoration if you come up with the money.
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