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The Nun's Story (1959)
I concur with what everyone else has said about this movie - well, all the good things, anyway - but the one thing that sets it apart from all others is that once we get to Africa you can see all the poor nuns sweating their b------s off. If this had been made a few years earlier at, say, MGM there'd have been none of that, would there? It's just one of many things about the movie that hits home for me but it's a big one. Can you imagine working and living in the Congo in that get-up?
I fell in love with Audrey Hepburn all over again after seeing "Nun's Story". (sigh)
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Fred Zinnemann was really a heavy-hitter, wasn't he? He had an uncanny knack for finding just the right actors for just the right parts. Supporting the lovely Audrey we have Dames Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft, Colleen Dewhurst, Mildred Dunnock, Beatrice Straight, Rosalie Crutchlie, not to mention Dean Jagger, Niall MacGinnis and Peter Finch. That bunch should've earned the film some kind of special award for ensemble cast or something but that's not how things work, is it? Besides, this was The Year of "Ben-Hur" so unless there was a Best Picture About Nuns award this film didn't have a hope.