( St. Augustine , a contemporary man )
( St. Augustine , a contemporary man )
"This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections"
BEAUTIFUL AS A FAIRY-TALE, TRUE AS THE HISTORY OF A GREAT MAN
Alessandro Preziosi at the theatre as Hamlet and read an interview in which he said that the St. Augustine (354 - 430 A.D ) he had interpreted in a two-part TV series was another hamletic character. This was enough to make me curious to see it. So when it was broadcast on RAI UNO, our State Tv, at the beginning of February I recorded it and have just finished watching it ( first I wanted to cut all the ads in it since I can't bear ads interrupting a film).
This narrative device was extremely effective: the flashbacks to Augustine' s past dramatically intermingle with the tragic present of the siege of Hippo, creating a narrative crescendo to the final climax.
The screenplay had to cut several historical events and details, to keep a fast pace and sum up everything in two episodes only, but it is all largely true to fact.
Augustine lived in a time of crisis, the fall of the great Roman Empire. A moment of uneasiness, anxiety and displacement. His troubled quest for the Truth is so compelling and so contemporary. He searched for the Truth and for Happiness in the ways of the world but only got unhappiness and restlessness. He was a narcissus, an ambitious, lascivious, selfish young man . His late conversion, his awareness of holding the Truth at last, led him to write Confessions and City of God still nowdays considered pillars of modern phylosophy and theology.
Two women were fundamental in Augustine's learning about Truth and Love
His mother, Monica, ( Monica Guerritore ) who dedicated her life to her debauched husband and to her children supported by a deep faith in God and who prayed all her life through for Augustine's conversion
His lover, Khalidà (Serena Rossi) the mother of his only child, who left him, who renounced to him so as not to abstacolate his success and his search for happiness.
I was completely hooked by the performances of the two main Augustines, Alessandro Preziosi , as the young man, and Franco Nero , as the old bishop trying to save his sieged people.T he rest of the cast was also very good. The imagery of the film was inspired to Ravenna mosaics. More than 3,000 costumes were designed and used in this rich production. Four the main settings: Hippo, Cartago, Milan and Tagaste .
Augustine Alessandro Preziosi , Monica Monica Guerritore , Old Augustine Franco Nero , Lucilla Katy Louise Saunders ,
Fabio Sebastian Stroebel , Khalidà Serena Rossi , Young Augustine Matteo Urzia , Valerio Johannes Brandrup , Ambrogio Andrea Giordana , Possidio Wenanty Nosul , Romaniano Cesare Bocci ,Vescovo Ammonio Lech Mackiewic, Macrobio Dietrich Hollinderbaeumer , Ilario Krzysztof Pieczynski , Paola Aglaia Szyszkowitz, Old Valerio Alexander Held , Patrizio Cosimo Fusco , Blesilla Sonia Aquino , Sidonio Jerzy Zelnik , Fulvio Vincenzo Alfieri , Justine Francesca Cavallin
- Interview (in English ) with film
director, the Canadian Christian Duguay
This sounds so good MG! I want to learn more about St Augustine, so I think it will be good to watch this! I hope it will be broadcasted on RAI International. I sometimes watch it a little bit, but I've never seen it being announced. I hope I'll be able to see it!
This sounds wonderful, being set in my favorite period outside the 19th century. I devour classically set films and wish I could get my hands on this one. Maybe someday I'll find a subtitled DVD ...
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