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From Audrey Hepburn’s Sister Luke to Andrew Scott’s Hot Priest: The Most Memorable Priests, Nuns and Monks On Screen

From Audrey Hepburn’s Sister Luke to Andrew Scott's Hot Priest, these are the most memorable priests, nuns and monks on screen.

Robert Bresson’s film, adapted from Georges Bernanos, novel tells the story of a young priest, played by Claude Laydu, who is attempting to minister to an indifferent and at times hostile community in rural France, all while fighting a terminal illness. Indeed, in the midst of the pea soup spewing, levitating, and head spinning, Karras’ crisis of faith brought on in part by the death of his mother adds a layer of poignancy that separates “The Exorcist” from so many of the possession films that have followed it. However, the impact that Andrew Scott’s clerical character, who would ultimately be baptized by the internet as the “Hot Priest,” was a cultural moment for Catholic clergy that hadn’t been seen in the West since, well, Barry and Bing were sweeping the Oscars some 80 years ago.

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