Babette, a superb French chef, lives an anonymous life among a pious congregation on the desolate coast of Denmark. As housekeeper and cook to two elderly, religious women, she’s never called on the prepare anything very exciting; until one day, she wins 10,000 francs and decides to spend it all by creating the most memorable meal ever consumed, even though her guests will have no idea what they’re eating.
Dr. Rita George Tvrtković recommends this film: "The film Babette's Feast, is a parable with strong christological themes. And it's just a beautiful movie!"
Dr. John Kloos also recommends this film: "It portrays some very dour Protestants in Jutland who take in the Parisian (and Catholic) chief Babette who turns out to create a sumptuous meal. Lots of possibilities for reflection."
Seasonal favorite about the joys and trials of a good man (James Stewart) who, facing financial ruin on the eve of Christmas, contemplates suicide until his guardian angel (Henry Travers) shows him how meaningful his life has been to those around him. Director Frank Capra's unabashedly sentimental picture of mainstream American life is bolstered by a superb cast (including Lionel Barrymore as a conniving banker) and a wealth of good feelings about such commonplace virtues as hard work and helping one's neighbor. 1946
In ancient Persia, a wealthy physician embarks on a search for the newly born Messiah and, at the end of his lifelong search for the true meaning of existence, comes face to face with the crucified Jesus.
Artaban, a wealthy physician, sells all his worldly possessions to buy three precious gems. He takes his reluctant slave and embarks on a search for the newly born Messiah. But Artaban's pilgrimage is delayed because he stops to aid those in need of a physician's care. At the end of his journey and without any gifts, Artaban comes face to face with the crucified Jesus. It is here that Artaban gives the most precious of all gifts.
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Disarming fable about 7-year-old Damian (Alex Etel), enthralled by the lives of the saints, who finds a stash of stolen money and, believing it is from God, tries to do good with it by giving it to the poor with the help of 9-year-old brother Anthony (Lewis McGibbon), all the while keeping it a secret from their widowed father (James Nesbitt), and being hounded by the criminal (Christopher Fulford) who stole the money in the first place. Danny ("Trainspotting") Boyle's quirky little charmer features good performances all around, especially by the adorable Etel, delightful vignettes with the saints, and dramatizes its themes of the corrupting influence of money, faith in people's basic decency, and the need for societal philanthropy, without being heavy-handed, making this ideal entertainment for older adolescents and up.
This list consists primarily of films that deal with Catholic characters, Catholic society, and the Bible in ways that are not hostile to the Church. Most of them were made by Catholic directors. It is interesting to note that the three best directors who ever worked in Hollywood, Frank Capra, John Ford, and Alfred Hitchcock, were all practicing Catholics.
Designed to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the Rosary and the Mysteries, especially among teenagers and young adults, the film features 21 young adult celebrities praying the Rosary and reflecting on its importance in their daily lives, Champion athletes, actors, film directors, TV hosts, recording stars, authors and lecturers emphasize the power of daily prayer of the Rosary and encourage viewers to live the Mysteries of the Rosary every day.
A multi-award winning film that showcases the intersection of sports and faith in Major League Baseball by profiling many of the most accomplished and devout figures in the game both on and off the field. The players, coaches, and managers interviewed for this project and featured in this film include Mike Piazza, David Eckstein, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Suppan, Jack McKeon, Tom Glavine, Craig Biggio, Sean Casey, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia, Lance Berkman, Tim Salmon, Juan Pierre, Mark Prior, Carlos Beltran, Ozzie Guillen, A.J. Pierzynski, Chris Speier, Rich Donnelly, Sandy Alomar, Sr., Sandy Alomar Jr., and former player Darrell Miller. Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition provides an emotionally powerful, action-packed glimpse into what makes a baseball player – and a human being – great.