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Encyclopedia > The Nun's Story (film)
The Nun's Story

original film poster
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Produced by Henry Blanke
Written by Robert Anderson
from the novel by Kathryn Hulme
Starring Audrey Hepburn
Peter Finch
Edith Evans
Peggy Ashcroft
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Franz Planer
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) 1959
Running time 149 min
IMDb profile

The Nun's Story is the title of a dramatic film that was released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 1959. Image File history File links Nun_story. ... Fred Zinnemann (April 29, 1907—March 14, 1997) was a noted film director. ... Kathryn Hulme (January 6, 1900 - 1981). ... Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was an Academy Award-winning film and theatre actress, Broadway stage performer, former ballerina, fashion model, and humanitarian. ... Peter Finch Peter Finch (September 28, 1916 - January 14, 1977) was an English-born actor with strong Australian connections. ... Dame Edith Mary Evans (February 8, 1888 - October 14, 1976) was a highly regarded British actress. ... Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft, DBE (22 December 1907–14 June 1991) was an English actress. ... Franz Waxman (December 24, 1906, Königshütte, Upper Silesia (now Chorzów, Poland) - February 24, 1967, Los Angeles, California), born Franz Wachsmann, was a German-born Jewish-American composer, known for his bravura Carmen Fantasy for violin and orchestra and for his musical scores for films. ... Film cinematographer Franz Planer (March 29, 1894 - January 10, 1963) was born in Karlsbad, Austria-Hungary (now called the Czech Republic). ... Warner Bros. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Warner Bros. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ...


Based upon the 1956 novel of the same title by Kathryn Hulme, the story tells of the life Sister Luke (played by Audrey Hepburn), a young woman who decides to enter a convent but ultimately finds it hard to adjust to the sacrifices required of her. The book was based upon the life of Marie-Louise Habets, a Belgian nurse who similarly spent time as a nun. The Nuns Story is a 1959 film which tells the story of a nun whose faith is tested in the jungles of Africa and when ordered not to take sides during World War II. It stars Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Dame Edith Evans, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Dean Jagger, Mildred... Kathryn Hulme (January 6, 1900 - 1981). ... Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was an Academy Award-winning film and theatre actress, Broadway stage performer, former ballerina, fashion model, and humanitarian. ... This article is about an abbey as a religious building. ...


A major portion of the film takes place in the Belgian Congo where Sister Luke assists Dr. Fortunati (Peter Finch) in helping treat the lepers of the area. Peter Finch Peter Finch (September 28, 1916 - January 14, 1977) was an English-born actor with strong Australian connections. ...


The film version follows the book fairly closely, although there is an added level of sexual tension present in the relationship between Dr. Fortunati and Sister Luke that is absent from the novel. Also appearing in the film were Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Dean Jagger, Mildred Dunnock, Colleen Dewhurst, and Beatrice Straight. Sexual tension is a plot device employed in movies and books wherein two or more of the characters sexually long for one another, but the consummation of their desires is postponed or never occurs. ... Dame Edith Mary Evans (February 8, 1888 - October 14, 1976) was a highly regarded British actress. ... Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft, DBE (22 December 1907–14 June 1991) was an English actress. ... Actor Dean Jagger Dean Jagger (November 17, 1903 – February 5, 1991) was an American film actor. ... Mildred Dunnock (born January 25, 1901; died July 5, 1991) was an American theater, film and television actress. ... Colleen Dewhurst (born June 3, 1924; died August 22, 1991) was a Canadian-born actress best known for playing Marilla Cuthbert in the various Anne of Green Gables productions from Sullivan Entertainment. ... Beatrice Straight as parapsychologist Dr. Martha Lesh in the movie Poltergeist (1982) Beatrice Whitney Straight (August 2, 1914 – April 7, 2001) was an Academy Award-winning American theater and film actress. ...


It was nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role (Audrey Hepburn), Best Cinematography, Color, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ...


The Nun's Story was a major box office success in its day and was considered, for a time, to be the most financially successful of Hepburn's films and one the actress often cited as her favorite. Hepburn met Marie-Louise Habets while preparing for the role, and Habets later helped nurse Hepburn back to health following her near-fatal horse-riding accident on the set of the 1960 film, The Unforgiven. The Unforgiven was an American western film released in 1960. ...


The Nun's Story received its first official North American DVD release on April 4, 2006. The story behind the book and film was the subject of The Belgian Nurse, a radio play by Zoe Fairbairns broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday, 13 January 2007. BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ...


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