This evening I went to see Doubt with a friend. I have to recommend it; I nearly cried at the climactic closing scene. Here is a fascinating - and plausible - analysis of what may have happened in the film's subtext. A few notes:
*Fr Flynn wears a cassock-alb - over his cassock. If cassock-albs were in fact around in 1964, priests weren't wearing them over cassocks.
*He also wears his stole over his chasuble.
*And an anachronistic looking floppy-collared ("monastic") violet chasuble.
*I didn't notice any maniples, and these were not made optional until the following year.
*The congregation sings the Taizé chant "Ubi caritas et amor." Was it written yet?
*They also sing "Praise God from whom all blessings flow" to Old 100th. In a Roman Catholic church in 1964?
I note that the film was shot at the Church of St Luke in the Fields, a liberal Catholic Episcopal church in New York.
I sometimes wonder how much these filmmakers paid their technical advisors, because they could have just bought me lunch and I'd have caught several errors that their consultants let slip through.
I also today bought The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second, and depending on when I fall asleep tonight may finish before I do. I'll be reviewing it here.