TCM Movie Series to Present Films 'Condemned' by Catholic Church

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present in March a month-long programming event focusing on films found objectionable by the Catholic Legion of Decency.

The event, Condemned, will air consecutive Thursdays beginning in March and will focus on 27 films that the Catholic Legion of Decency said had inappropriate content, mostly of a sexual nature, as perceived by the Catholic Church, according to TCM.

The series will include primetime screenings hosted by Sister Rose Pacatte, member of The Daughters of St. Paul, founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies and celebrated film reviewer.

Key films featured as part of Condemned include Baby Face (1933), And God Created Woman (1956), Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), and The Carey Treatment (1972), said the network.

"We’re always looking for creative ways to explore film history through various viewpoints and this month-long programming slate provides fans with a different perspective in order to view these films through a new lens," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM.

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