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The Greatest Gift (1942)

Passed  |   |  Short, Drama  |  5 September 1942 (USA)
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Medieval French legend tells of monks who devote the cold nights of winter to making gifts they offer to Our Lady when spring comes. On the night snowfall blocks the pass to Italy, the ... See full summary »

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Medieval French legend tells of monks who devote the cold nights of winter to making gifts they offer to Our Lady when spring comes. On the night snowfall blocks the pass to Italy, the monks find a nearly frozen juggler, Bartholomew, and take him in. Fr. Cyprian invites him to stay for the winter. He proves inept at most tasks, is embarrassed by their hospitality, and is too poor to pay. Plus, his vagabond life draws the suspicion of young Fr. Fabian. When spring arrives, Bartholomew is anxious to leave, but Fr. Cyprian asks him to stay while they offer their gifts to Our Lady. The juggler has nothing to give. Should he just slip away? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A wonderful movie for your entire family
27 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an absolutely fabulous movie. It is suitable for your entire family to watch. Traditional Catholics will really appreciate the beauty and significance of this film. It shows that every person is valuable and important in God's eyes. I caught this movie late one night when I was up with one of our children. I was so moved by the beauty and sincerity of this film. It is a very spiritual movie that unfortunately is not shown enough. I have written TCM several times and asked that they show it again, but have had no reply. I highly recommend seeing this. It also shows the importance of Mary in the Catholic faith, that unfortunately is not taught in today's Catholic church.


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