(Richard Brooks, US 1960, 146 min., 35mm)
Burt Lancaster. Burt Lancaster won his only Academy Award® for his performance as Sinclair Lewis’s salesman-turned-evangelist. Filled with prescient insight into religion as entertainment and the press as a weapon, the story follows Elmer’s rise from a traveling salesman to a high-ranking position in the fire-and-brimstone church of Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), who is in turn being followed by newspaperman Jim Lefferts (Arthur Kennedy). Shirley Jones also won an Academy Award® for her performance as the prostitute with a past who looks to make her own money off of Elmer.