Showing posts with label Religious Films. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Religious Films. Show all posts

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.



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.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Song of Bernadette

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This movie is a classic, released in 1943 by 20th Century Fox. "The Song of Bernadette"  starred Jennifer Jones as Saint Bernadette of Lourdes.

It tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous a poor peasant girl who has a vision of The Virgin Mary. The local political and religious leaders don't believe her, and view her as a "silly peasant girl". They try to get her to renounce her claims, and her vision becomes controversial in the region for several years, with authorities permitting and then denying true believers access to the grotto.

This film was released at a time when the world was involved in that terrible struggle we call World War 2. I think it's timing was appropriate in that it showed all that there was hope.

Evidently 20th Century Fox anticipated controversy between believers and non-believers with the release of "The Song of Bernadette". To take the edge off any controversy they inserted the now famous opening title "To those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible."

Her performance in "The Song of Bernadette" earned Jennifer Jones the 1943 Academy Award for Best Actress.