The Nun's Story

The Nun's Story

DVD - 2005 | Widescreen version.
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Story of the inner struggles faced by a nun, the difficulties of obedience and her inablility to forgive the death of her father during WWII.
Audience: OFRB rating: PG.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2005]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©2005
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Nun
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 152 min.) : sound, color ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English or French with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles.
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Mar 19, 2019

I recall being unimpressed when I first saw The Nun's Story, and I wanted to find out what I think about it now. Fred Zinnemann is an excellent director, though his standoffish, rather documentarian approach to his material comes over as cold to many viewers. In the two of his earlier films that I like very much, Redes, about a village Mexican fishers trying to make their livings in the face of marketing companies' chintzy offers for their catch, and My Brother Talks to Horses, a superbly unsensational, low-key fantasy and family story, Zinnemann's reserve just lets the characters and situations blossom. The first of those two was a shoestring-budget affair made independently of the industry, and the second was the last contractually obligated film Zinnemann made (for MGM). Although what he made after My Brother Talks to Horses in 1947 were projects he was vitally involved with and were ever more highly budgeted, they lack the seeming spontaneity and life-like pacing of my two favorites. In The Nun's Story, momentum has slowed to a crawl, dialogue is simplified to the point of opacity, even the on-location settings look blandly artificial, and the poor actors seem to have been coached in inexpressiveness. Alas, after an hour and six minutes, I couldn't take it anymore. --Ray Olson

May 11, 2017

This is simply put the absolute best movie I have seen. I got a glimpse of what the nuns that taught me might have gone through as they strived to reach a personal vocation. I have seen this movie one hundred times and now it is going to be part of my home movie collection...I ordered on line... I give it two thumbs up

Jan 17, 2017

**** "The Nun's Story" is possibly Audrey Hepburn's greatest performance and this film along with "Funny Face "are my favorite Audrey Hepburn films. The fascinating aspect of her role here is that she basically plays against type. She's not glamorous and the film is very gritty and realistic in depicting the life of a Belgian nun.There are moments of great beauty and of course Audrey herself is one of the all time beauties of the screen. She definitely deserved an Oscar for her work here. Although I have not seen Simone Signoret in "Room at the Top" who beat her out for best actress that year.

Sep 16, 2014

Audrey Hepburn amazes in this film, as does the force of the story.

voisjoe1 May 01, 2014

This film, probably the best film of the year after the blockbuster “Ben-Hur,” garnered 8 Oscar nominations, but lost most to “Ben-Hur.” Hepburn lost to Simone Signoret of “The Room at the Top” and Fred Zinneman lost to the director of “Ben-Hur,” William Wyler. Kinda hard to beat out an epic film (Ben-Hur) with a budget 4.5 times that of “The Nun’s Story.” The “Nun’s Story” is a rather interior story of a nun’s conflict between strict obedience to superiors and a desire to use one’s skill and dedication to helping the sick, mostly in the difficult environment of the Belgian Congo. This has to be the best presentation of a nun’s indoctrination and life ever presented on film. Zinneman also directed “A Man for All Seasons,” “High Noon,” “From Here to Eternity,” “Oklahoma!” and “The Day of the Jackal,” all great films released by Hollywood (I suspect making him one of the most underrated Hollywood directors).

Aug 17, 2011

A fine, absorbing film about a dedicated nun, which follows her from the time she is inducted into her order, through service in the congo, to a moral decisiion she must make during World War II which would go against her order's proscriptions. There is no sentimentality--the film shows in detail the rituals and oppressive rules the church mandates to stifle individualism. This was Audrey Hepburn's most substantial role, and she brilliantly rose to the occasion.

Oct 14, 2010

I like to see Audrey Hepburn, and she takes away my heart in this movie! She acts like an angel in a human being! She devotes herself to the idealism and humanity.

Jul 24, 2008

A beautifully told story that really has you question the methods of the catholic church (in the 1950's at least). This movie had me craving more classics, and influenced my choice to mature my movie selections. My first Audrey Hepburn movie, one that I think all young women will feel a sense of awe at what a female had to do to follow her dreams in the 1950's,

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