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   Image: "Fresco of St. Francis of Assisi" by Cimabue. Reluctant Saint: Francis of Assisi

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60 Min. / Color
            Docudrama _________________

DVD: Playable in Region 1 - U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories _________________

Photo:  St francis as portrayed in the Video, "Reluctant Saint: Francis of Assisi."

Produced and Directed by Emmy Award winner Pamela Mason Wagner.

Narrator: Liev Schreiber.

Voice of Francis: Robert Sean Leonard.

Based on the Biography by Donald Spoto.

Produced for Faith & Values Media by Lightworks Producing Group and West Egg Studios. _______________

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The Astonishing Life of Francis of Assisi

"Don't make a saint of me," Francis of Assisi told a friend -- even as his charisma and holiness were dazzling his contemporaries and generating a legend that has lasted almost a millenium.  Reluctant Saint shows us a Saint Francis who transcends the the image familiar to even the least religious among us: wealthy, playboy, soldier, businessman, preacher, defender of the poor, mystic and -- later -- an inspiration to lovers of nature and the earth.

Filmed on Location in Italy

Filmed on location in Italy, Reluctant Saint captures all the violence, color, and mystery of Francis' time -- a time like our own, full of crises, craving for reform and for a deeper, simpler, more personal faith.  Reluctant Saint offers new insights into a life that has engaged the hearts and minds of millions over the centuries.

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Our Comments:

This Video was produced for Faith & Values Media, an ecumenical organization comprised of Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish organizations.  It gives an excellent coverage of the life of St. Francis.

  Unfortunately, a few of the interviews seem to be with persons who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, placing them at a disadvantage in their understanding of St. Francis, who did have this relationship, and recognized it as the most important thing in his life.  

Also, there is coverage of Francis receiving the "stigmata," which leaves most Protestants without inspiration, if not downright disbelief and a feeling that it is one of those incredible (unbelievable) legends that were unfortunately often added to biographies in the Middle Ages.  It also shows St. Francis naked (from behind) when he gives his clothes back to his Father, which, while historically accurate, is shown longer than ________________________________

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We like this Video.  Deleting about ten minutes of it leaves it much improved as an excellent and inspiring history of Francis of Assisi.  

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