Saturday, August 25, 2007


AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (1972, Italy, Roberto Rossellini)
Christians do not denounce the arts, letters, music. Nor do they deny history. They say only that by means of it, man must always see better inside himself the light and the word of God which was made flesh and came among us.

The pagans come off surprisingly well in this late-career TV biopic that skips the saint’s spicy early years and cuts straight to his final decade or so, emphasizing tensions between political power, personal conscience and Christian morality against a backdrop of Roman Empire decadence.

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