Hollywood and Catholic Women explores the portrayal of Catholic women, covering both religious and nonreligious women in American cinema. Fifteen films from the 1940s to the 2000s are analyzed.
Why should a group of nuns who escaped East Germany by scaling the Berlin Wall need the help of a wandering handyman to build a chapel? How is it that the brutal murder of a young woman turned prostitute triggers the redemption of an ambitious priest? And why can't Ingrid Bergman and Bing Crosby live the religious life, side by side, happily ever after?
Both entertaining and insightful, Hollywood and Catholic Women addresses important questions about women in the Church and women in Hollywood, sparking lively debate.