RELUCTANT SAINT: FRANCIS OF ASSISI Add To My Top 10

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Release Date: January 01, 1970

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Genre: Documentary

Audience: Family REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr Francis of Assisi is one
of the most revered and
influential men in history.
There have been several movies
about him, many revere him
throughout the world and, of
course, there have been many
Franciscan monks, not to
mention other committed
Christians, who have become
third order Franciscans and
who are not Roman Catholic.
The Hallmark Channel's Faith
and Values Media television
documentary on St. Francis of
Assisi is the most beautifully
produced, comprehensive and
succinct media treatment of
this great man. It starts out
with his wild "playboy" youth
in Assisi and shows his
dramatic change when he goes
off to war and is captured and
spends a year on the verge of
death, suffering from Malaria
in a miserable prison. When
he emerges, he is not the same
Francis. He wanders into an
old, broken down chapel and is
called by God to rebuild God's
church. When his father
questions him, he goes to the
bishop, strips naked and gives
up all his worldly
possessions. But, this is
only the beginning of the
story. The church challenges
his call to preach. Francis
has to make his case before
Pope Innocent III. Later, he
loses his own "Franciscan"
order to a rival faction who
are not as opposed to owning
worldly wealth. Eventually,
he goes up to the top of a
mountain for forty days of
fasting and receives the signs
of the stigmata, the first
person recorded in history to
be so graced. He dies with
only three friends at his
side. Not only does the Faith
and Values Media production
offer keen insights into the
character of St. Francis, it
does so by using wonderful,
dramatic recreations. These
are not small movies, but
narrated insights and
portrayals of what actually
happened. For all its
faithfulness, it's interesting
that the scholars don't have a
clear understanding of the
miracles of the stigmata, or
some of the other miracles in
Francis' life. The scholars
seem to try to explain them
away. The truth of his life
comes through anyway. God's
call to Francis to rebuild his
church becomes a call to all
of us through this
documentary. Please address
your comments to: William
Spencer Reilly, Vice
President, Television
Production and
Programming Faith & Values
Media 74 Trinity Place, Suite
1550 New York, NY
10006 212-406-4121
Phone 212-485-8500 Fax

Rating: Television

Runtime: 60 min.

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Content:

(CCC, N) Christian worldview and rear male shadowed nudity

GENRE: Documentary

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Summary:

RELUCTANT SAINT, the Faith and Values Media television documentary on St. Francis of Assisi, is the most beautifully produced, comprehensive and succinct media treatment of this great man. God's call to Francis to rebuild his church becomes a call to all of us through this documentary.

Review:

Francis of Assisi is one of the most revered and influential men in history. There have been several movies about him, many revere him throughout the world and, of course, there have been many Franciscan monks, not to mention other committed Christians, who have become third order Franciscans and who are not Roman Catholic.

The Hallmark Channel's Faith and Values Media television documentary on St. Francis of Assisi is the most beautifully produced, comprehensive and succinct media treatment of this great man. It starts out with his wild "playboy" youth in Assisi and shows his dramatic change when he goes off to war and is captured and spends a year on the verge of death, suffering from Malaria in a miserable prison.

When he emerges, he is not the same Francis. He wanders into an old, broken down chapel and is called by God to rebuild God's church. When his father questions him, he goes to the bishop, strips naked and gives up all his worldly possessions.

But, this is only the beginning of the story. The church challenges his call to preach. Francis has to make his case before Pope Innocent III. Later, he loses his own "Franciscan" order to a rival faction who are not as opposed to owning worldly wealth.

Eventually, he goes up to the top of a mountain for forty days of fasting and receives the signs of the stigmata, the first person recorded in history to be so graced. He dies with only three friends at his side.

Not only does the Faith and Values Media production offer keen insights into the character of St. Francis, it does so by using wonderful, dramatic recreations. These are not small movies, but narrated insights and portrayals of what actually happened.

For all its faithfulness, it's interesting that the scholars don't have a clear understanding of the miracles of the stigmata, or some of the other miracles in Francis' life. The scholars seem to try to explain them away. The truth of his life comes through anyway. God's call to Francis to rebuild his church becomes a call to all of us through this documentary.



Please address your comments to:

William Spencer Reilly, Vice President,

Television Production and Programming

Faith & Values Media

74 Trinity Place, Suite 1550

New York, NY 10006

212-406-4121 Phone

212-485-8500 Fax

SUMMARY: RELUCTANT SAINT, the Faith and Values Media television documentary on St. Francis of Assisi, is the most beautifully produced, comprehensive and succinct media treatment of this great man. God's call to Francis to rebuild his church becomes a call to all of us through this documentary.

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