Saturday, July 31, 2010

In our time: The Jesuits (BBC Radio One).

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order of priests who became known as “the school masters of Europe”. Founded in the 16th century by the soldier Ignatius Loyola, they became a major force throughout the world, from China to South America. “Give us a boy and we will return you a man, a citizen of his country and a child of God”, they declared. By the 17th century there were more than 500 schools established across Europe. Their ideas about a standardised curriculum and teaching became the basis for many education systems today.

They were also among the greatest patrons of art in early modern Europe, using murals and theatre to get their message across. To their enemies they were a sinister collective whose influence reached into the courts of kings. Their wealth and their adaptability to local customs abroad provoked suspicion, prompting their eventual suppression in the late 18th century. They were re-established in 1814 and now have more than twenty thousand members.

So why was education so important to the Jesuit movement? How much influence did they really have in the courts and colonies of Europe? And were they really at the heart of conspiracies to murder kings?

With Nigel Aston, Reader in Early Modern History at the University of Leicester;
Simon Ditchfield, Reader in History at the University of York; Dame Olwen Hufton, Emeritus Fellow of Merton College, Oxford.

Duration: 45 Minutes
Format: Audio/MP3
Broadcast Information: Last broadcast on Thu, 18 Jan 2007, 09:00 on BBC Radio 4 (FM only).

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Joan of Arc (1999)

Note: This is not "The Messenger" starring Milla Jovovich that came out the same year.


Runtime: 3 hr.

Genre: Television, Drama

Theatrical Release: May 16, 1999 Wide

Synopsis: A strong cast, impressive production values, and astute direction distinguish this generally successful dramatization of the tumultuous life of the...

Starring: Leelee Sobieski, Jacqueline Bisset, Powers Boothe, Neil Patrick Harris

Director: Christian Duguay

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The Priests (Self Titled 2008)

Track Listing:

[01] Ave Maria
[02] Mit Wurd und Hoheit Angetan (From Die Shopfung)
[03] Panis Angelicus
[04] Irish Blessing
[05] Benedictus
[06] Plegaria
[07] Pie Jesu
[08] Hacia Belen
[09] Abide With Me
[10] Ag Criost An Siol
[11] Domine Fili Unigente (From Gloria)
[12] O Holy Night
[13] Ecce Sacerdos
[14] Be Still My Soul

Other Information:

Total Play Time - 00h:47m:04s
Total File Size - 113 mb (Including MP3s, Art Covers & File)
Total Bit Size - 320 kbps
Music File Type - MP3 Format
Music Genre - Classical
Release Date - 2008
Record Company - Sony BMG
Artists Website -

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The Miracle of Our Lady Fatima (1952)

Rated: Unrated

Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min.

Genre: Drama, Classics

Theatrical Release: Aug 20, 1952 Wide

Synopsis: Based on actual events, this compelling drama set in 1917 Fatima, Portugal, tells the story of three children (Susan Whitney, Sherry Jackson and Sammy...

Starring: Gilbert Roland, Angela Clarke, Frank Silvera, Jay Novello

Director: John Brahm

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Francis of Assisi (1961)

Rated: Unrated

Runtime: 1 hr. 46 min.

Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Classics

Theatrical Release: Jul 12, 1961 Wide

Synopsis: Tale follows the life of St. Francis of Assissi, a selfish young man who, through an inner calling, turned around and devoted his life to doing God's work.

Starring: Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Pedro Armendáriz

Director: Michael Curtiz

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973)

Note: Audio is English. Several Subtitle Languages Included (English, Espanol,Francais, Deutsch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Dansk, Greek, Suomi, Hrvatski, Magyar, Islenska, Hebrew , Nederlands, Norsk, Polish)

Rated: PG

Runtime: 2 hr. 1 min.

Genre: Drama, Classics

Theatrical Release: Dec 2, 1972 Wide

Synopsis: The life of Francis of Assisi. [More]

Starring: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Alec Guinness, Leigh Lawson

Director: Franco Zeffirelli

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The Gospel of John (2003)

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 3 hr.

Genre: Drama, Classics

Theatrical Release: Sep 11, 2003 Wide

Synopsis: This word-for-word adaptation of the 21 chapters of the Gospel According to John tells story of Jesus' life -- mostly focusing on his final hours.

Starring: Henry Ian Cusick, Christopher Plummer, Daniel Kash, Richard Lintern

Director: Philip Saville

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Monsieur Vincent (1947)

Note: English and Portuguese Subtitles.

Rated: Unrated

Runtime: 1 hr. 51 min.

Genre: Drama, Art House & International

Theatrical Release: Nov 5, 1947 Wide

Synopsis: St. Vincent de Paul struggles to bring about peace and harmony among the peasant and the nobles in the midst of the Black Death in Europe, carrying on... [More]

Starring: Pierre Fresnay, Lise Delamare, Gabrielle Dorziat, Aimé Clariond

Director: Maurice Cloche

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Rated: R

Runtime: 3 hr. 15 min.

Genre: Drama

Synopsis: The true story of Austrian industrialist Oskar Schindler, who harbored Polish Jews during WWII by using them as workers in his factory.

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The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009) (TV)

Release Date: 23 February 2003 (Italy)

Plot: The story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and was arrested by the Nazi's for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw ghetto.

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The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Note: English Subtitles

Rated: R

Runtime: 2 hr. 6 min.

Genre: Drama

Theatrical Release: Feb 25, 2004 Wide

Box Office: $370.2M

Synopsis: A film detailing the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Starring: James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Gerini, Maia Morgenstern

Director: Mel Gibson

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Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) (1964)

Note: Italian with English Subtitles

Rated: Unrated

Runtime: 2 hr. 13 min.

Genre: Art House & International, Documentary, Drama

Theatrical Release: Jan 1, 1964 Wide

Synopsis: An adaptation of the life of Jesus as chronicled in the Gospel of Matthew.

Starring: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

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Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1 hr. 49 min.

Genre: Drama

Theatrical Release: Jun 1, 1999 Wide

Synopsis: This biography of Father Damien, the Catholic priest who in 1873 volunteered for service on the eponymous Hawaiian leper colony, doesn't hesitate to...

Starring: David Wenham, Kate Ceberano, Chris Haywood, Thom Hoffman

Director: Paul Cox

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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Rated: Unrated

Runtime: 2 hr. 36 min.

Genre: Faith & Spirituality, Drama, Classics

Theatrical Release: Dec 21, 1943 Wide

Synopsis: In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other... [More]

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper, Vincent Price

Director: Henry King, Karen Arthur

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The Mission (1986)

Rated: PG

Runtime: 2 hr. 6 min.

Genre: Drama, Art House & International

Theatrical Release: Oct 31, 1986 Wide

Synopsis: 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. [More]

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Liam Neeson

Director: Roland Joffé

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The Ten Commandments (1956)

Rated: G

Runtime: 3 hr. 39 min.

Genre: Faith & Spirituality, Drama, Classics

Theatrical Release: Oct 5, 1956 Wide

Synopsis: Legendary silent film director Cecil B. DeMille didn't much alter the way he made movies after sound came in, and this 1956 biblical drama is proof of...

Starring: Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo

Director: Cecil B. DeMille

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Quo Vadis (1951)

Rated: Unrated

Runtime: 2 hr. 51 min.

Genre: Faith & Spirituality, Drama, Classics

Theatrical Release: Feb 23, 1951 Wide

Synopsis: "Welcome to Nero's House of Women" greets a concubine to a slave girl, Lygia (Deborah Kerr). Later this self-same greeter reveals that she, too, like... [More]

Starring: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Director: Mervyn LeRoy

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