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Veiled Desires Intimate Portrayals of Nuns in Postwar Anglo-American Film

Author: Maureen Sabine
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA 2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ingrid Bergman's engaging screen performance as Sister Mary Benedict in The Bells of St. Mary's made the film nun a star and her character a shining standard of comparison. She represented the religious life as the happy and rewarding choice of a modern woman who had a ""complete understanding"" of both erotic and spiritual desire. How did this vibrant and mature nun figure come to be viewed as girlish and naive?  Read more...
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Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maureen Sabine
ISBN: 9780823251650 0823251659 9780823252121 0823252124
OCLC Number: 927988175
Description: 1 online resource (351 Seiten)
Contents: Introduction 1 1. Selfless Desires: Sacrificial and Self-fulfilling Service to Others in Casablanca (1942), The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) 2. Sexual Desires: Repression and Sublimation in Black Narcissus (1947), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), and Sea Wife (1957) 3. Subjective Desires: The Role of the Catholic Family Romance in The Nun's Story (1959) 4. Sonorous Desires: Sweet, Spirited, and Stirring Voices in The Sound of Music (1965) and Change of Habit (1969) 5. Sacred Desires: Passion and Pathology in This House of Brede (1975) and Agnes of God (1985) 6. Spiritual Desires: Sin, Suffering, Death, and Salvation in Dead Man Walking (1995) Conclusion: Suspect Desires: The End of a Religious Illusion in Doubt (2008)? Works Cited Index

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A provocative, interdisciplinary study of nuns on the big screen, from The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) to Doubt (2008), that shines fresh light on the cinematic nun as a woman and a religious in the  Read more...

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