The Nun’s Story

Audrey Hepburn Marathon, part 5 of 13

Title: The Nun’s Story
Year: 1959
Length: 149 minutes
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Writer: Robert Anderson, based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme
Starring: Audrey Hepburn
With: Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Dean Jagger, Mildred Dunnock, Beatrice Straight, Patricia Collinge, Rosalie Crutchley, Ruth White, Barbara O’Neil, Margaret Phillips, Patricia Bosworth, Colleen Dewhurst, Stephen Murray, Lionel Jeffries, Niall MacGinnis, Eva Kotthaus, Molly Urquhart, Dorothy Alison, Jeanette Sterke, Errol John, Diana Lambert, Orlando Martins
Music: Franz Waxman
Cinematography: Franz Planer
Editing: Walter Thompson
Oscars: nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Hepburn), Best Score (dramatic or comedy), Best Cinematography (color), Best Editing and Best Sound
I saw it: on video (rented from netflix), a few days ago
Synopsis: a young nun struggles with the nunly virtue of obedience

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:3/4 (Good)
Characters:3/4 (Good) So many minor characters come and go, we only really get to know the lead.
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:4/4 (Great)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4 (Indifferent)). Intelligent. And surprisingly engaging even though at times it can feel a little like going to church. Ultimately, it didn’t do much for me, I think because we never get any sense of why this woman is a nun in the first place.
Objective Rating (Average):2.8/4 (Good)


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