A Cardinal is arrested for treason against the state. As a Prince of his church, and a popular hero of this people, for his resistance against the Nazis during the war, and afterward his resistance when his country again fell to another totalitarian conqueror. In prison, his interrogator is determined to get a confession of guilt against the state from the strong willed man, and thus destroy his power over his people. The verbal and psychological battles are gripping and powerful, not even the increasing pressures put upon the Cardinal can force him to weaken, not even solitary confinement, continuous blazing light in his cell, sleeplessness, efforts to persuade him he is going mad. And yet, in the deepening conflict, the superb indomitable prisoner, creates a tremendous pity on his tormentor, the interrogator.
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It has been said that playing the Cardinal was a major step toward Alec Guinness converting to Catholicism. See more
The cardinal somehow remains clean shaven throughout, even when held in solitary confinement for weeks. He has access to cutlery (a knife and fork), but it is only brought into his cell to eat his food with, and is removed with the plates and tray etc afterwards whilst the guard watches him eat. See more
You're an enemy of society, like the schizophrenic, of the paranoiac. You're dangerous, because you mislead the poor, the uneducated, the silly. Only because you're wrongheaded. In time, we'll get to the root of the trouble. And you can be cured.
Your believe it?
Yes, I do believe it.
God give me cunning against your skill.
11 December 1955 (USA)
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