In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of ...
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In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of religious experiences are cause for serious concern. Yet the children stand by their story, and the message of peace and hope the Lady brings. In the last vision, attended by thousands of people, the Lady proves her reality with a spectacular miracle that is seen by everyone present. Based on actual events at Fatima in the summer of 1917.Written by
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Max Steiner, (who was Jewish) composed the Oscar nominated musical score, of the movie. He accomplished this in part by researching Catholic hymns to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and discovering a similar musical construct in some of them, which he then employed in the theme music. See more »
The narrator opened the scene at Fatima saying, "Here we are in the mountain village of Fatima on Sunday, May 15, 1917". That Sunday was on the 13th of the month, and the lady asked the children to return for six months in succession on the 13th day to the Cova da Iria, as the movie itself indicates. See more »
Enjoyable and really poignant picture based on actual events at Fatima in the summer of 1917
In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima , Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud . It happened on May 13, 1917, ten year old Lúcia Santos (Susan Whitney) and her cousins Jacinta (Sherry Jackson) and Francisco Marto were herding sheep at a location known as the Cova Da Iria near their home village of Fátima, Portugal . The anticlerical government carried out a communist state coup (1910) and they wish to squelch the Church ; then reports of religious experiences are cause for serious concern . Yet the children stand by their story, and holy Virgen brings a holy message . But an administrator of the town (Frank Silvera) detains the children though they are supported by Father Ferreira (Richard Hale) . While , a skeptical man named Hugo Da Silva (personified by Gilbert Roland) helps them .
This pleasant picture contains a message of peace and hope for humanity . This is a good film with a religious plot and memorable final in which the Virgen proves her reality with a spectacular miracle that is seen by everyone present . The movie displays a colorful and evocative cinematography by Edwin DuPar . Emotive as well as sensitive musical score by the classical Max Steiner , nominated Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic film . The motion picture was well directed by John Brahm who directed two masterpieces back-to-back: the stylish and moody 'Jack the Ripper' and, in a similar vein, ¨Handover street¨(1945), a Gothic melodrama about insanity and murder, set in Victorian London. Another of Brahm's films, not in the same league as the aforementioned, but nonetheless quite enjoyable, is ¨The Mad Magician¨ (1954). Other pictures dealing with historical facts about Fatima are : ¨La Señora De Fatima¨(1951) by Rafael Gil with Inés Orsini as Lucía Abóbora , Fernando Rey , Tito Junco , José María Lado and ¨Fatima¨ (1997) (TV) by Fabrizio Coasta with Joaquin De Almeida , Omero Antonutti and Vanessa Artunes as Lucia .
The historical events are the following : the Spring and Summer of 1916, three little shepherd children, Lucia Santos and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, experienced the visitation of an Angel on three separate occasions. The Angel appeared to them as they watched their sheep, teaching them specific prayers to pray, to make sacrifices, and to spend time in adoration of the Lord. These three visits were apparently to prepare the children for the visitations of the Blessed Mother, which were to follow in 1917.There was built a Chapel of Apparitions, at the place where the Fátima apparitions . Lúcia described seeing a woman "brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal ball filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun". Astonished they ran back to their village and told everyone. Further appearances were reported to have taken place on the thirteenth day of the month in June and July. In these, the woman asked the children to do penance and Acts of Reparation as well as making personal sacrifices to save sinners. The children subsequently wore tight cords around their waists to cause themselves pain, performed self-flagellation using stinging nettles, abstained from drinking water on hot days, and performed other works of penance. According to Lúcia's account, in the course of her appearances, the woman confided to the children three secrets, now known as the Three Secrets of Fátima . Thousands of people flocked to Fátima and Aljustrel in the following months, drawn by reports of visions and miracles. On August 13, 1917, the provincial administrator Artur Santos believing that the events were politically disruptive, intercepted and jailed the children before they could reach the Cova da Iria that day. Prisoners held with them in the provincial jail later testified that the children, while upset, were first consoled by the inmates, and later led them in praying the rosary. The administrator interrogated the children and tried unsuccessfully to get them to divulge the contents of the secrets. In the process, he threatened the children, saying he would boil them in a pot of oil, one by one unless they confessed. The children refused, but Lúcia told him everything short of the secrets, and offered to ask the Lady for permission to tell the Administrator the secrets. That month, instead of the usual apparition in the Cova da Iria on the 13th, the children reported that they saw the Virgin Mary on 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption, at nearby Valinhos.As early as July 1917 it was claimed that the Virgin Mary had promised a miracle for the last of her apparitions on October 13, so that all would believe. What happened then became known as the "Miracle of the Sun". A crowd believed to number approximately 70,000, including newspaper reporters and photographers, gathered at the Cova da Iria. The incessant rain had finally ceased and a thin layer of clouds cloaked the silver disc of the sun. Lúcia, moved by what she said was an interior impulse, called out to the crowd to look at the sun. Witnesses later spoke of the sun appearing to change colors and rotate like a wheel.
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