Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. for popcorn; movie starts at 7:00 p.m.
The Scarlet and the Black is a 1983 television film starring Gregory Peck and Christopher Plummer. Based on J. P. Gallagher’s book The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican (published in 1967), the film tells the story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a real-life Irish Roman Catholic priest who saved thousands of Jews and escaped Allied POWs in Rome. The title The Scarlet and the Black is a reference not only to the black cassock and scarlet sash worn by Monsignores and bishops in the Roman Catholic Church, but also to the dominant colors of Nazi Party regalia.
Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_and_the_Black
Steven D. Greydanus (www.decentfilms.com), film reviewer for the National Catholic Register and a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark, had this to say about The Scarlet and the Black:
Riveting and edifying, this WWII drama stars Gregory Peck as Msgr. Hugh O’Flaherty, a plain-speaking, straight-dealing Irish priest who boldly aids enemies of the Third Reich under the watchful eye of Christopher Plummer’s Nazi Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler. Their cat-and-mouse game is thrilling and great fun, and culminates in a startling showdown in a very significant setting.
The acting is superb, although there is something a bit curious about seeing Plummer, so well known as the patriotic Austrian Captain von Trapp of The Sound of Music, wearing a swastika on his arm (you almost want him to start ripping Nazi flags in half). The final coda is so uplifting that it might seem contrived if it weren’t historically accurate. About the only weakness is the score, which is rather thin and stark. Otherwise, entertaining, inspiring, and very satisfying.
Greydanus rated The Scarlet and the Black as A+ (Highly Recommended +) and appropriate for teens and up. Caveat Spectator: Some violence, including assassination of a priest.