Page 8, 18th December 1953

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Page 8, 18th December 1953 — For Catholic films 'use the experts'

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Organisations: Catholic Film Institute


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For Catholic films 'use the experts'

(IN the production of Catholic ‘-"films by Catholics the Cardinal said :

"Since the war there has been quite a spate of films illustrating the life and work of religious congregations and missionary societies. Their value is obvious, but their standard is, to say the least, variable.

"It is of the greatest importance nowadays, when the film industry has brought the production of pictures to a state of great technical efficiency, that these Catholic films should be technically good as well as pious in object.

"We cannot disguise the fact that for financial reasons these films are often made, to a great extent, by amateurs.

"The work of amateurs can often be most successful, but the word amateur can often be used to describe something which is second rate.

Waste of effort

"Even when Pope Pius XI was writing his encyclical on the use and misuse of films, he laid great emphasis on this and pointed out that where films were to be made to meet the needs of education and the requiremerits of the Christian conscience, those responsible must make full use of the technical ability of experts and not permit the waste of effort and of money by the employment of amateurs.

"Advice regarding such matters as these would always be forthcoming from the Catholic Film Institute.

'I would not like those who have given their services, perhaps freely, in the past to think we are not grateful for their help. I do not doubt that in many cases they are capable of producing first-class films and that, in fact, thet have already done so.

"On the other hand. we cannot over-emphasise the importance of Catholic films being technically good if they are to cut any ice at all."

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