The Angel Wore Red (1960)

Genres - Drama, Romance, War  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - Italy, USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This is an indecisive, ultimately unconvincing wartime drama set in the 1930s when Spain was caught in a bloody civil war, a situation that is never clearly delineated in that the story supports the fascists without specifically saying so. The hero is a voluntarily defrocked priest, Arturo Carrera (Dirk Bogarde) who is being hunted by the leftist, anti-clerical, and anti-fascist forces. While on the run himself, he encounters a beautiful prostitute, Soledad (Ava Gardner) and as sure as the sun rises, the two fall in love and stay together. Eventually, they are both caught by the anti-Franco fighters who are trying to get their hands on a precious holy relic. The ex-priest is trapped into making a no-win decision between his love for Soledad and his love for the church while she has a similar but more tragic decision to make on her own.

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war, conviction, forbidden-love, love, moral-conflict, patriotism, religion, rebel