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Augustine of Hippo (1972)

Agostino d'Ippona (original title)
This biography tells the life story of Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, a North African region during the last years of the Roman Empire. The film details Augustine's struggle to maintain ... See full summary »

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Roberto Rossellini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dary Berkani Dary Berkani ... Agostino
Virgilio Gazzolo Virgilio Gazzolo ... Alipio
Cesare Barbetti Cesare Barbetti ... Volusiano
Bruno Cattaneo Bruno Cattaneo ... Massimo
Leonardo Fioravanti Leonardo Fioravanti ... Milesio
Dannunzio Papini Dannunzio Papini ... Giudice romano
Giuseppe Mannajuolo Giuseppe Mannajuolo ... Severo (as Bepi Mannajuolo)
Livio Galassi Livio Galassi ... Possidio
Fabio Garriba Fabio Garriba ... Marcellino
Giuseppe Alotta Giuseppe Alotta ... Siriano
Pietro Fumelli Pietro Fumelli ... Megalio
Giovanni Sabbatini Giovanni Sabbatini ... Valerio
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... Sisto
Ciro Ippolito Ciro Ippolito ... Terenzio
Filippo De Gara Filippo De Gara ... Crispino (as Filippo Degara)
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This biography tells the life story of Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, a North African region during the last years of the Roman Empire. The film details Augustine's struggle to maintain religious decorum in a civilization on the verge of plunging into the Dark Ages.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 October 1972 (Italy) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Enjoyable exposition
13 June 2007 | by simon-1303See all my reviews

This is generally enjoyable. It does a reasonably good job of situating the drama in 5th century Roman Africa, even though the external sets are obviously contemporary (to Rossellini) Roman remains. The interiors are well done and convincing. The drama is dramatic when it needs to be, though there are some lengthy theological discussions, and one does get a sense of the power of St. Augustine's preaching, of the theological disputes of the time and of the tasks of a bishop. The scenes from his life, though limited till his later life, are well chosen to illustrate his character and accomplishments. I'm not sure that I found the principal character terribly convincing or that characterisation came through strongly, but this two dimensional element fitted the didactic style of the film and the art of the time.


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