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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Movies About The Saints On DVD

With Christmas coming up, here are a few suggestions for movies on DVD about the lives of some popular saints.

I will list these here by the saints name, followed by the movie title and a short description of the film. You can click the films image which will take you to Ignatius Press if you'd like to buy the DVD for your own collection or to give as a gift.

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Saint Thomas More

"A Man For All Seasons"

Special Edition This is the acclaimed Academy Award winning drama about the conflict between St.Thomas More and King Henry VIII which is filled with intrigue and courage. Robert Shaw stars as Henry, who wants to divorce his wife in order to marry Anne Boleyn. Only Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in this film) has the courage and conviction to oppose the King's will.

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Saint Maximilian Kolbe

"Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz"

Highly acclaimed actor Leonardo Defilippis gives a stunning performance in this one-man drama of the heroic life and death of St. Maximilian Kolbe, the martyr of charity at Auschwitz. 

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Saint Rita of Cascia

"Saint Rita

Famous as the patron of hopeless situations, St. Rita of Cascia is immortalized in this wonderful, deeply moving film about this beautiful woman who lived in Italy in the 14th century. 

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Saint Francis of Assisi

"Saint Francis" 

Filmed on location in Assisi and other actual locations where St. Francis lived and died, this feature film vividly tells the story of this greatly beloved saint from childhood through his death. Beautifully filmed with outstanding cinematography and fine acting talent, this film stars Italian actor Raoul Bova as Francis and was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michele Soavi.

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Saint Anthony of Padua

"Saint Anthony"

This is the first major feature length drama on the life of St. Anthony of Padua, the beloved miracle worker and one of the most popular saints in Christian history. Made in Italy with top-notch acting talent, and superb cinematography, this is an outstanding film on the amazing life of St. Anthony.

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Saint Therese of Lisieux

"Saint Therese of the Child Jesus"

This definitive film, made in honor of the 100th anniversary of her death (1897), tells the story of the life of St. Therese of Lisieux from childhood to her holy death as a Carmelite nun. Filmed on location in France it gives her whole story through interviews, dramatizations, examination of her writings and extensive visits to her home and inside the Carmel at Lisieux.

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Saint Peter the Apostle

"Saint Peter"

Legendary actor Omar Sharif gives a deeply moving, authentic portrayal in this epic film about St. Peter, the leader of the Apostles and first Pope, filmed on location in Europe.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

St. Augustine premiers on the big screen :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Saint Augustine Meeting Saint Ambrose On His Arrival In Milan
Photo Courtesy of Ignatius Press
The following excerpts are from CNA (Catholic News Agency):
  • “Restless Heart,” a feature film about the famous theologian St. Augustine of Hippo, is now available for sponsored theatrical screenings across the U.S.
  • Ignatius Press, the film’s American distributor, is encouraging individuals, parishes, church groups or other organizations to bring the film to their towns.
  • Interested groups and individuals should work with local theaters and other venues to book a screen. Ignatius Press said it will provide a copy of the film and a complete promotional kit for “an affordable fee.”
  • “We are thrilled to bring ‘Restless Heart’ to the big screen,” said Mark Brumley, president of the film’s U.S. distributor Ignatius Press.
Read more by clicking below:
St. Augustine premiers on the big screen :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Catholic Alternative To Netflix

Looking around the web for different things and various subjects for "Faith of the Fathers" blogs, I sometimes come across some new (to me), interesting and useful services.

One of those that I came across today is a Catholic alternative to Netflix. It is called Pius Media, who's header says : "Entertainment your Mother approves!"

The home page for Pius Media states:

  • Welcome to your Catholic DVD Rental Membership Club! We are your source for movies depicting the lives of the saints, children’s movies, educational tools for Religious Education teachers, conversion stories from the greatest apologists, Catholic-friendly Hollywood movies, and some great old television series.
  • Christian purity requires a purification of the social climate. It requires of the communications media that their presentations show concern for respect and restraint. Purity of heart brings freedom from widespread eroticism and avoids entertainment inclined to voyeurism and illusion.Catechism of the Catholic Church 2525
Depending on which DVD plan you select when you open an account, the cost is from $8.50 to $24.50 per month.

They also offer a streaming service (some titles are free to stream) Pius Media Now which appears to be affiliated with Amazon's Instant Video service.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

‘For Greater Glory’ is a ‘strong film with a timely message’ about religious liberty, says archbishop « CNS Blog

The following excerpts are from Catholic News Service:
  • It’s not every day a Catholic archbishop welcomes a host of Hollywood celebrities at a movie premiere, but that was the scene on the red carpet May 31, when Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez greeted the stars of the new movie “For Greater Glory,” among them Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria and Eduardo Verastegui. The film, opening yesterday in theaters, is about the 1920s Cristero Rebellion in Mexico.
  • “The anti-Catholic persecutions in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s are long forgotten, it seems. The reality is hard to believe,” the archbishop wrote in his May 29 column for The Tidings, newspaper of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. “Just a generation ago, not far from our borders, thousands of men, women and even children, were imprisoned, exiled, tortured and murdered. All for the ‘crime’ of believing in Jesus Christ and wanting to live by their faith in him.

Click the link below to read more:

‘For Greater Glory’ is a ‘strong film with a timely message’ about religious liberty, says archbishop « CNS Blog

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

For Greater Glory -- A Movie Built to Last - Terry Jeffrey - Townhall Conservative Columnists

For Greater Glory -- A Movie Built to Last - Terry Jeffrey - Townhall Conservative Columnists