The Bells of St. Marys (1945)1|
Directed by Dave Fleischer
In this movie, the younger children in a Catholic school prepare for a Christmas play. On the classroom chalkboard can be seen a five-pointed Star of Bethlehem. The film was overseen by a Catholic priest who served as an advisor during the shooting.
By the end of the twentieth century the public had become so sensitized to the polarized interpretations of the pentagram that in 1994...
"A poster which forms the centre-piece of a Christmas advertising campaign by the main British churches has been redesigned following complaints that its Star of Bethlehem looked like a satanic pentagram. The poster originally featured an inverted five-pointed star which evangelical Christians said made the crib look as if it was under the curse of Satan. The artist, Tom Hewitt, agreed to replace the star with an 8-pointed one."2
1. The Bells of St. Marys (1945). Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers. Directed by Leo McCarey, written by Leo McCarey (story), Dudley Nichols 126 min . USA, English. Black and White, Mono. [00:35:56]
2.The Mathematical Gazette, London : Mathematical Association, Vol. 78, No. 483 (Nov., 1994), p. 319. ISSN: 00255572. Citing an undated Daily Telegraph.