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The Angel Wore Red (1960)

A clergyman leaves the priesthood over the church's indifferent position during the Spanish Civil War but finds himself attracted to a beautiful entertainer.

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Nunnally Johnson

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson, Giorgio Prosperi (dialogue Italian version)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ava Gardner ... Soledad
Dirk Bogarde ... Arturo Carrera
Joseph Cotten ... Hawthorne
Vittorio De Sica ... Gen. Clave
Aldo Fabrizi ... Canon Rota
Arnoldo Foà ... Insurgent Major
Finlay Currie ... Bishop
Rossana Rory ... Mercedes
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Capt. Botargus
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Storyline

The Spanish priest played by Dirk Bogarde is troubled by his church's lack of concern for the poor; he decides to leave the church. By chance, the same day the Republicans call on the people to attack the churches and the priests, so though in plainclothes he is liable to arrest and execution. A beautiful cabaret singer (Ava Gardner) hides him for awhile but both are eventually made prisoner. The plot revolves around a relic taken from his erstwhile church by another priest that all sides are convinced would assure them victory... Written by bigOther

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SCARLET LIPS, SCARLET DRESS - A woman who might belong to any man! See more »

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Action | Drama | War | Romance

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fair Bride See more »

Filming Locations:

Catania, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Montgomery Clift and Rock Hudson were the first choices for the Dirk Bogarde part. See more »

Goofs

In this film set in Spain there are several instances of English written by characters who are not likely to know English, unlike the American war correspondent Hawthorne. See more »

Quotes

Arturo Carrera: You're very brave; but, you're also very foolish.
Soledad: So are you.
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Politically Daring
26 October 2007 | by alanrhobsonSee all my reviews

This film has an abiding place in my film canon, for one very good reason.

It isn't a great film, as both the other IMDb reviewers have gone out of their way to stress (although some of their criticisms were a little unfair. I thought, for example, that Joseph Cotten fared better than they say). However, it is virtually the only entertainment vehicle I have ever seen - including film, TV, radio, newspaper, magazine - that dares to show the truth about the left-wing Republicans/anti-Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War.

The Spanish Republicans have been lionised for decades for their allegedly heroic struggle against fascism (although it is actually a moot point to what extent Franco's Nationalists were fascist). However, this film is brave enough to show the truth - that the Spanish Republicans singled out religious targets and many harmless middle class targets and killed or persecuted them. It also dares to show the truth that the Republicans ran the areas they controlled along Stalinist lines. Which is not surprising, given the links with Communists and Stalinist Russia that some of them had.

The file deserves enormous credit for showing this, and it is a shame that no-one has pointed this out on IMDb - until now.


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