The Nun’s Story

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(out of 5)

 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.

Warner Bros.

USA, 1959

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn as “Sister Luke”)
Best Cinematography (Colour) (Franz Planer)
Best Directing (Fred Zinnemann)
Best Film Editing (Walter Thompson)
Best Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) (Franz Waxman)
Best Motion Picture (Henry Blanke, producer)
Best Sound (Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, George R. Groves, sound director)
Best Writing (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) (Robert Anderson)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Audrey Hepburn)
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)
Best Film Promoting International Understanding
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Edith Evans)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Actress (Audrey Hepburn)
Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Film
Best Supporting Actress (Edith Evans)
Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Drama

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Fred Zinnemann)

British Academy Award
Best British Actress (Audrey Hepburn)

Best Film From Any Source
Best British Actor (Peter Finch)
Best British Actress (Peggy Ashcroft)
UN Award

NunsStoryAudrey Hepburn, The Nun's Story (1959) directed by Fred Zinnemann


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