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Hildegard

Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages—an Abbess and woman of God, a visionary, naturalist, playwright, political moralist, and composer. Born in 1098, she was beset by the most extraordinary religious visions from the age of eight-visions which she wrote down, painted, dramatized, and set to music. This substantial legacy of her visionary writings and songs are unique for their mystic power and beauty. They serve as some of the most radiant and illuminating accounts of religious experience ever.

  • Item 500846D
  • Region: All
  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 52 min

Alternate formats: Digital Video - $7.99

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Awards

  • Silver Statuette

    Telly Awards 1996

  • Gold Award

    Worldfest - Charleston

  • Gold Award

    Worldfest - Houston 1995

  • Chris Statuette

    Chris Awards 1995

  • Certificate of Merit Award

    Gabriel Awards 1995

Description

Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages—an Abbess and woman of God, a visionary, naturalist, playwright, political moralist, and composer. Born in 1098, she was beset by the most extraordinary religious visions from the age of eight-visions which she wrote down, painted, dramatized, and set to music.

This substantial legacy of her visionary writings and songs are unique for their mystic power and beauty. They serve as some of the most radiant and illuminating accounts of religious experience ever.

Yet, despite this outpouring of religious creativity, her visions were called into questions, and she was put on trial by the Church in 1148. This is the story of events leading up to that trial and of the trial itself.

The setting is the monastery of St. Disibod on the Rhine in central Germany. Hildegard's befriending of a young persecuted girl and the care she shows for a dying crusader eventually lead her into conflict with her Abbot. She is placed under an interdict, which results in Hildegard and her nuns being forbidden from taking communion and singing the divine service. After enduring the punishment for some time, Hildegard protests, and it is her subsequent examination and trial by the Archbishop of Mainz around which the story revolves. This beautiful film features excerpts from Hildegard's own mystically powerful writing as well as her exquisite songs of prayer. A companion guide in PDF is included in the DVD-ROM folder. Fullscreen.

Executive Producer: Roger Thompson
Written and Directed by: James Runcie
Stars: Patricia Rutlige

Editorial Reviews

Another of Vision Video’s fine Church History series, this biographical film stars Patricia Rutlige as Hildegard of Bingen, perhaps the most gifted and famous woman of the Middle Ages. Born in 1098, she began to have visions when she was just eight. The film deals mainly with the period in her life when she was a nun at the monastery of St. Disibod on the Rhine. In 1148 she became embroiled in controversy with her abbot over her refusal to obey his orders concerning a young woman taken in for sanctuary and a dying knight accused of heresy. The girl’s wealthy mother did not want her daughter to remain with Hildegard, and the Abbott was even more upset over the kind treatment given the warrior. Hildegard and her priest/confessor gave the man a Christian burial, and when the Abbot ordered his body removed from the cemetery, both refused. Hildegard and her nuns were put under an interdict (not allowed to partake in the mass), and they were prohibited from singing the music they so loved – some of it written by Hildegard herself. The film shows some of her visions, the paintings by her inspired by them, and a good deal of her music. This is a fine introduction to one of the great women of the church. Although obviously of interest to women’s groups, its use should not be limited to them.

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