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A Film and a Hospital

SI11,-I sec from a report in a recent CATHOLIC HERALD that the Governors of the Hospital of St. John and Elizabeth. London, have turned down an offer of the proceeds for the London Premiere of the film of Graham Greene's "The Heart of the Matter." No official reason has been given by the Board of Governors, although certain Press reports have given rise to a number of rumours.

It seems a little strange that the Governors of this very worthy hospital should not consider making a statement regarding their refusal: it should he interesting. "The Heart of the Matter" is by one of our most eminent English Catholic authors of today. The question occurs to one : Are the Governors attempting to set themselves up as a board of literary critics or could it be that they judge Mr. Greene's very prolific and Catholic (in the religious and secular sense) outlook to be unworthy of their association?

The film was directed by Mr. George More O'Ferrall, one of the most distinguished Catholic film directors. whose reputation for sincerity has never been questioned. It is reported that Mr. O'Ferrall throughout the filming had the advice of two Catholic priests on doctrinal matters. What then can be the objection here'?

The subject of the film is a Catholic one, and may. as other Catholic films have done previously, arouse interest in those not of the faiththus doing valuable "missionary work."

It is reported that the governors have not even seen the film. What then was their reason? Could it be that they have suddenly found that they no longer need money-perhaps the State is to support it in future? Alas, I am lost for any other reason.

Otto Herschan.




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