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Veiled Desires – Intimate Portrayals of Nuns in Postwar Anglo-American Film - Fordham Scholarship Online
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Veiled Desires: Intimate Portrayals of Nuns in Postwar Anglo-American Film

Maureen Sabine


In her vibrant screen performance as Sister Benedict in The Bells of St. Mary's, Ingrid Bergman represented the film nun as a mature modern woman who had chosen the religious life with a “complete understanding” of both erotic and spiritual desire. How did this engaging character and her cinematic sisters in later postwar popular film come to be stereotyped as girlish, incomplete, or unimportant characters± Veiled Desires explores this question through a unique, full-length study of nun films over a sixty year period beginning with the 1945 film The Bells of St. Mary's and concluding with Doub ... More

Keywords: Film nuns, Postwar Anglo-American film, Hollywood stars, Ingrid Bergman, Deborah Kerr, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, Diana Rigg, Women's religious desires, Eros and agape

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251650
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maureen Sabine, author
University of Hong Kong

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