There’s No Business Like Show Business

Let’s take a peek at the Church portrayed in “period” film. Note the inaccuracies, but especially note the exaggerations.

Marie Antoinette (2006), start around 4:00

Amadeus (1984)

Le Roi Danse (2000), start around 3:18

The Tudors (2007-Present)

Beckett (1964)

The Cardinal (1963), very tastefully done really:


5 Responses to “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

  1. KJK Says:

    If you look in the credits for The Cardinal, you can see that they hired a Benedictine monk to act as the Master of Ceremonies for the liturgies filmed for the movie. Why this could not be done today is beyond me. Surely someone would be willing to advise these people for little to no compensation simply to avoid the frustration of having another film marred by terribly erroneous ‘liturgies.’
    I even noticed in one poster for Angels and Demons that some of the ‘cardinals’ had their birettas on backwards!

  2. C. Whitty Says:

    Its not going to happen today because the only portrayal of the Church is going to be bishops and popes mumbling nonsense in Latin and wearing inaccurate vestments and have dark British accents.

    But about the poster, whoever made it probably just did a horizontal flip on a few of the actors for placement’s sake.

  3. RobZ Says:

    The Cardinal had the very best Italinate Latin.

    • C. Whitty Says:

      Something about Latin the way Italians do it irks me. The French handle Latin very delicately. The way it should be done, IMHO.

  4. Anthony OPL Says:

    But Italian is far more closely related to Latin linguistically than French, it’s the direct successor language. As far as pronunciation goes, being close to modern Italian makes a lot more sense than being close to French.

    As for portrayals of the Church in film, the Cardinal’s aim from the outset was positive. Modern films like 2012 and Angels and Da Vinci are only interested in setting up a bloated, sumptuously rich, and hypocritical straw man in the place of Catholicism.

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