It is some time since I posted about neglected or underrated films. Here is surely one of the best films ever made about a saint; "The Reluctant Saint". It is available through Ignatius Publishing or on the American Amazon site. I am not sure if the English site carries it. It was made in 1961 and directed by Edward Dymytrik, surely an enigma since he was for some time a member of the Communist party and was put into prison for refusing to give information about others. He soon recanted and named names. He seems to have poked fun at those with faith, but then, strangely, began making VERY religious films. This is one of them. Personally I think it is a masterpiece. The real St. Joseph Cupertino was quite unattractive. Maximilian Schell does a good job of making himself look awkward and unappealing. Most of the incidents in the film are based on fact although the real story is more involved. The scene here is now one of my favourite film scenes.