Films and Faith series Oct. 27-29 to highlight saintly cinema

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame will present a film series titled “Films and Faith Weekend: Faces of the Saint” from Oct. 27 to 29 (Friday to Sunday) in the Browning Cinema of the University’s DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

The series is presented by Notre Dame’s Departments of Theology and Film, Television and Theatre and the DeBartolo Center as a College of Arts and Letters “Decade of the Arts” signature event. Admission ranges from $3 to $6 and tickets are available in advance at the center box office or by calling 574-631-2800 or visiting on the Web.

The weekend will open with a reception and keynote address in the Browning Cinema lobby at 6p.m. Oct. 27. All films will be preceded by introductory remarks and followed by question-and-answer sessions.

Each of the six featured films focuses on saintly individuals and actual saints to explore the ways spiritual life has been portrayed in dramatically different ways by French, German, Italian and American directors over the past five decades. Selected films are:

  • “Diary of a Country Priest” (1951), Oct. 27, 7p.m. – directed by Robert Bresson, in French with English subtitles
  • “The Ninth Day” (2005), Oct. 27, 10p.m. – directed by Volker Schlondorff, in German with English subtitles
  • “The Flowers of St. Francis” (1950), Oct. 28, 3p.m. – directed by Roberto Rossellini, in Italian with English subtitles
  • “Therese” (1986), Oct. 28, 10p.m., and Oct. 29, 7p.m. – directed by Alain Cavalier, in French with English subtitles
  • “Into Great Silence” (2005), Oct. 29, 3p.m. – directed by Philip Groening

More information on all films is available by visiting the DeBartolo Center Web site.

The Browning Cinema is the only THX-certified cinema in Indiana, and one of only six THX cinemas on a university campus. Film director George Lucas developed the THX technology, which affects room acoustics, background noise, image quality and brightness, projection and sound systems. Approximately 4,000 cinemas are THX-certified worldwide.

_*Contact:* Jon Vickers, DeBartolo Center, 574-631-2725,

Originally published by Julie Hail Flory at on October 19, 2006.