Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story

on September 27, 1996 by Lea Russo

Produced by Paulist priest Ellwood Kieser, Entertaining Angels (subtitled The Dorothy Day Story) isn't an ad campaign for Catholicism. It's an interesting exploration of faith, love and the struggle one woman faced to maintain both.

Set in New York during the 1920s and 1930s, the film is based on the inspirational life of activist Dorothy Day (Chaplin's Moira Kelly), a radical reporter, single mother and champion of the poor. Flawed by abrupt time transitions and some over-the-top scenes, Entertaining Angels is best when portraying Day's internal battles with the nature of her work. She's not depicted as a saint, but as an imperfect human whose strength and compassion are an example to us all. (Screened at the Toronto fest.)

Starring: Moira Kelly and Martin Sheen
Directed by: Michael Rhodes
Written by: John Wells
Produced by: Ellwood Kieser
Distributor: Paulist
Rating: PG-13 for a range of thematic elements, some sensuality and brief language.
Running time: 109 min.

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