Donna Reed's portrayal of her Religious Profession as a cloistered nun in France in Green Dolphin Street movie!
Only the pre-Vatican II Church could inspire a movie like Audrey Hepburn's, "The Nun's Story." But there is another movie that came to my attention today for the first time, the 1947 drama, "Green Dolphin Street" with Lana Turner and Donna Reed. It is another version of "The Nun's Story" and Donna Reed's ascendancy to her profession as a cloistered nun.
The movie, though, isn't really about that, or is it? Yes! it is. But it unfolds in a very human and melodramatic way and mirrors the Divine Providence of the marriage of the main character's parents.
It is powerful from the religious point of view without being a pious religious movie, although Catholic themes and theology are present. It is a masterpiece in fact and well acted. The earthquake scene won an academy award.
Pope Francis has consistently taught that Catholicism should attract, not repel. Pre-Vatican II Catholicism attracted Hollywood's attention as well as that of novel writers but in the most positive way, not negative as the Church today is often portrayed. And when modern movies portray the Church positively it is a pre-Vatican II image of it and it is superfluous to the story told, but not so with GREEN DOLPHIN STREET!