Thursday, April 03, 2008

More Movies

Well, I've been gradually going through Audrey Hepburn movies, and trying to catch the ones I hadn't seen. So, I rented "Paris When It Sizzles". Yikes. Painfully bad. I didn't make it to the halfway mark before I decided it wasn't worth my time. I guess I should have paid more attention to the reviews.

So instead, I rewatched: "The Nun's Story".

Wow, I love this movie. In it, Audrey Hepburn plays a woman who leaves her past life behind her and enters a convent. It shows, with stark clarity, the sacrifices she must make to take her vows.

As the movie goes on, time and time again, she struggles to maintain her utter devotion to God, even at times when that dedication is putting her at great odds with her true self.

I've read online that there has been debate about whether this movie is anti-Catholic or not. As a new Catholic, I found the rituals shown in the movie absolutely fascinating and beautiful. There is conflict within the convent, but I felt it was more human conflict than a case of the Church having the wrong beliefs.

And Audrey! Ah, Audrey. She was dressed by Givinchy almost exclusively in all of her films.. but naturally she wears the simple dress of a nun through the majority of the movie. And it's never been more clear that her grace and luminosity is all her, not the way that she is made up.

I highly recommend this one.

1 comment:

Madelyn said...

I love this movie too. I went to high school at a convent boarding school, so I know quite a bit about nuns and their lives, and I thought it was most honest depiction I've ever seen on film.
(off topic) I haven't seen you in ages, but many congrats on the baby news!