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Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

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The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run ... See full summary »

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Mönch Volmar
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Richardis von Stade
Lena Stolze ...
Jutta
Alexander Held ...
Abt Kuno
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Klara
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Äbtissin Tengwich
Mareile Blendl ...
Jutta von Sponheim
Christoph Luser ...
Hartwig von Bremen
Salome Kammer ...
Sängerin
Wolfgang Pregler ...
Bischof von Mainz
Joseph von Westphalen ...
Bernhard von Clairvaux
Katinka Auberger ...
Nonne Bertha
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The life story of the multi-talented German nun Hildegard von Bingen. The film portrays an original woman - best known as a composer and religious visionary - whose grand claims often run counter to the patriarchal world around her. The monks and nuns at the convent become a kind of family, offering both confidants and enemies. For example Jutta, struggling with her jealousy of Hildegard's success, and the young Richardis who worships Hildegard both as an intellectual role model and a mother figure. Written by Göteborg International Film Festival

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Vision: From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen  »

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In church the language at the time of Hildegard was Latin. The priests/monks would have spoken everything in Latin. See more »

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Referenced in Charm (2012) See more »

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Kyrie eleison - Respice, quaesumus, Domine
From the Gregorian chant 'Paschale Mysterium'
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A woman a thousand years ahead of her time, bringing light to the Dark Ages
29 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Woman's Work is Never Done - This movie, a true story about an unstoppable12th century woman who advanced theology, philosophy, music and women's rights is interesting and informative. Hildegard von Bingen rose above the men around her to forge changes. The oppressive patriarchal atmosphere in which she functioned is almost tangible. The prevailing religious mood of 12th c. Germany is so vividly portrayed as to sting the senses, and underlines the importance of Hildegard's opposition. She preached love and refused to endorse the harsh religious practices of the day. Mercy was better than sacrifice she said, and she was passionate about the right to self-determination. The movie captures this pure emotional passion, (not sexual), by its brilliant casting and fine acting.

The film "Vision, from the Life of Hildegard von Bingen," written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta, is an inspiration, and we are grateful she brought the accomplishments of this woman to the screen. Barbara Sukowa in the title role convincingly portrays the commitment of a woman compelled to live out her destiny.

This is an opportunity to learn about a woman a thousand years ahead of her time. Living within the walls of the Benedictine order, Hildegard von Bingen accomplished so much in so many areas of life, and the history of the whole era comes to life in this film, much like the history of John Keats' era came to life in "Bright Star." The powerful insights von Bingen received from her visions of God are shown being recorded in manuscripts by her male secretary - Volmar sympathetically played by Heino Ferch. The healing powers of her music are witnessed in the film and remain available for all to enjoy today, but what a treat to see it all happen in Technicolor in 2010 in America.


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