My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Nun’s Story (1959)

FRED ZINNEMANN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1959Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1959.  Golden Globe Awards 1959.  

Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story. Hepburn received her third Academy Award nomination for her performance.

 gives one of her most powerful performances in this highly respectable drama about a nun whose personal ambitions conflict with her desire to stay with her order. Excelling in her medical studies, she is sent to the Belgian Congo to work in a hospital beside a gruff, disrespectful doctor () with whom she becomes good friends. The photography (mostly on location) is superb, but the high-mindedness of the project mostly robs it of any dramatic tension. Still, as crowd-pleasing religious dramas go, it’s one of the most memorable.

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