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Good Woman, A

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Source: Catholic News Service

Reasonably faithful and effective -- but rather dank -- updating of Oscar Wilde's Victorian-era melodrama "Lady Windermere's Fan" now set in 1930s Italy, concerning a notorious woman (a miscast Helen Hunt) who disrupts the lives of wealthy young newlyweds when the starry-eyed young wife (Scarlett Johansson) suspects the lady is having an affair with her husband. Director Mike Barker has cast his female protagonists with Americans, but it's several of the English supporting players (Tom Wilkinson, Roger Hammond and John Standing) who come off best, and while Howard Himelstein's script purloins several of Wilde's choice epigrams, the overall rewrite is below par. Implied adultery, attempted seduction, a character with implied past promiscuity, some mild husband-wife bedroom intimacy. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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<p>Born in County Meath in 1629, he studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there in 1654. After some years of teaching and service to the poor of Rome he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland. Four years later, in 1673, a new wave of anti-Catholic persecution began, forcing Archbishop Plunkett to do his pastoral work in secrecy and disguise and to live in hiding. Meanwhile, many of his priests were sent into exile; schools were closed; Church services had to be held in secret and convents and seminaries were suppressed. As archbishop, he was viewed as ultimately responsible for any rebellion or political activity among his parishioners. 
</p><p>Archbishop Plunkett was arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle in 1679, but his trial was moved to London. After deliberating for 15 minutes, a jury found him guilty of fomenting revolt. He was hanged, drawn and quartered in July 1681. 
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