TORONTO (CAP) — Curiously, Michael Caine had no memory of the work he did on Norman Jamison’s The Statement, until he saw the finished product on the screen.
The film, based on Brian Moore’s 1995 book about a Nazi war criminal protected by a secret right-wing element within the Roman Catholic Church, goes into theatrical release later this month.
Caine plays Pierre Brassed who, when he was a young officer in the Vichy Malice in 1944, helped round up France’s Jewish citizens. In 1992, when the film opens, his church support is rapidly disappearing and Brassed now 70 is running from unidentified assassins as well as a new military-judicial inquiry.
The membership of the Catholic Church is suppose to be about one billion people. I wonder if that number is large enough to be able to hold all the secret right wing groups shown in the movies and books. You would think you would be tripping over secret right wing members all over the place. What really annoys me is that I still haven’t received any membership offers from any of the thousands of secret right wing Catholic groups. I especially want a right wing Catholic decoder ring. It is probably really cool with Latin words and Greek symbols on it and can be used to decode the hidden messages in Cardinal Ratzinger’s writings.
I guess we should be happy about the back-handed compliment paid to Catholics by always selecting them. There just aren’t any books or movies about secret right wing Methodists or secret right wing Mennonites.