THE CARDINAL is one of Otto Preminger's best films--but that may not mean much when we consider that SKIDDOO!, ROSEBUD, HURRY SUNDOWN, and THE HUMAN FACTOR are included in his relatively small number of productions. This vast, sprawling epic takes Tryon (who went on to become a successful
novelist) from Monsignor to Cardinal, through so many trials and tests of his spiritual conviction that it's difficult to envision all of this happening to any servant of God but Job. Tryon must survive racists in Georgia, Nazis and a romantic attachment in Austria, and a sister (not the
ecclesiastical variety, thank heaven!) who sleeps with her Jewish fiance and refuses to be pen...