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St. Teresa of Avila (2008)

Concha Velasco , Hector Alterio , Josefina Molina  |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Concha Velasco, Hector Alterio, Francisco Rabal, Patricia Adriani
  • Directors: Josefina Molina
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: Ignatius Press
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00126STC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A powerful epic mini-series shot on location in Spain that tells the story of one of the most amazing women in history, St. Teresa of Avila. With meticulous attention to detail and historical accuracy, outstanding production values, and an incredible performance by actress Concha Velasco as Teresa, this acclaimed major film production is the definitive film on the life of this great saint.

Teresa of Avila was called by God to reform and renew the Carmelite order, a daunting task. She was joined in this work by her great fellow Carmelite and spiritual director, St. John of the Cross. This film reveals the conversion that Teresa herself had to go thru to deepen her own union with Christ as she endeavored to bring about that same deeper spiritual reform of her Carmelite order. It shows the tremendous opposition that she and John both faced within (and without) their order to bring about this much needed spiritual renewal. She and John of the Cross were both great mystics who combined the essential dimensions of a profound spiritual life with the very practical aspects of being completely dedicated to the human tasks necessary for such a reform.

This DVD has the following language tracks: Spanish with English subtitles.

Includes a 16 page Collector's booklet. Also has many Special Features, including: Documentary on the Making of the Film, Behind the Scenes Footage, Interviews with Actress and Director, Biography of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross and much more!

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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise portrayal of a great mystic and woman. February 1, 2008
Finally this great mini series is coming out on DVD. I first saw it on EWTN and then found a copy on VHS and watch it all the time. Even though this series came out in 1983, it is timeless in its telling of the incrediable life of this great saint. It is vivid in the portrayal of Teresa and the world she lived in. Concha Velasco is brilliant as Teresa, revealing to us a saint that was both very human and at the same time a great mystic. She shows us a woman who was struggling with inner demons as her spiritual vocation was evolving towards the union she shared with her God as well as the difficulties of the era she lived in and the re-organization of the Carmelite order she was a part of and that had turned away from its original austere charisma. She found herself with enemies on both sides of the spectrum, from the laity as well as her own religious communities. Only a few churchmen and nuns along with St. John of the Cross understood her mission. Another enemy fighting against her was her own body as she was always sickly throughout her life, getting worse as she grew older. For anyone interested in the life and spirituality of Teresa of Avila, this series is for you.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior TV biopic February 4, 2008
This is without doubt the best miniseries I've ever seen and I would daresay the best ever made. Concha Velasco brilliantly portrays the great 16th century Carmelite mystic and saint. Her portrayal brings out the warmth, humor, humility, hard-headed common sense and incredible spiritual depth of this amazing woman who is also one of my favorite saints. All the actors are superb, as is the writing, the production values, sets, costumes, direction - everything. For those who think a story about a nun several hundred years ago would be boring, think again. This story has passion, intrigue, suspense - even an evil queen - the Princess of Eboli. But above all it is an amazing story of what God can do with someone who gives herself completely over to His guiding hand. I cannot recommend this film highly enough!
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Standard in Catholic Cinema April 11, 2008
This film is a work of extraordinary realism and balance. Focusing on the life and works of St. Teresa of Avila, and giving a full rounded portrayal of her, the film's agenda also broadens toward a universal statement about the Catholic life. It becomes an illuminating unmasking of spiritual pitfalls, temptations and pretensions against the background of an age of history, with its own highs and lows that the journey of a saint's life must weather. The Catholic position of course -- shocking to some of our Christian friends of other denominations -- is that simply "witnessing" or proclaiming faith is no guarantee -- Hell's maw is open to swallow you up until your last breath, and the greatest risks are interior, not exterior.

Actress Concha Velasco is fully convincing at every stage of Teresa's life, and delivers a performance not matched in any other film based on Catholic themes I have ever seen. The film itself, although little known in this country until recently, is a serious contender for the best Catholic film ever made to date. In profound dimensionality it portrays not only the the humble consolations of the saint's life, but all the obstacles she must weather including grappling with her own personality, however insightful and gifted she may be.

The other key to the film's success is the well directed script's unflinching realism and honesty. Those with only superficial exposure to the great Spanish mystics, Teresa and John of the Cross, may be surprised and shocked by the film's early tackling of the saint's youthful faults and follies head on.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Best June 22, 2008
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Superlative production. Outstanding acting, writing, and directing. The production design is flawless - watching it is to go back in time to the 16th century and witness the life of St. Teresa unfold (no Hollywood-like sets here). A mature, thoughtful, well-researched, and respectful treatment of this great saint.
Don't be concerned about the English subtitles; they do not detract at all from the enjoyment of this captivating movie. (I ordered this DVD set from Spain when Region 1 (U.S./Canada) was not available yet, and played it on my computer; so delighted it is finally in a format we can see on our TV's in the U.S.).
For those with a devotion to St. Teresa, or for anyone who enjoys the lives of saints, it does not get any better than this.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Timeless Film April 28, 2008
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I am only about one-third through watching this film, but I am already blown away with its ability to show the depth of Teresa's love for her Lord. This film has touched me as no other, except maybe "Brother Sun, Sister Moon."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars St. Teresa of Avila April 29, 2008
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Film is beautifully, meaningfully made and I am greatly enjoying it with my Mother who is a fan and devotee of St. Teresa. The acting is great on location, and the local artists create the sense of authenticity where I can truly think of St. Teresa being approximately the sort of person shown in character and appearance, and in her true setting.
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St. Theresa of Avila should win an award for its acting and keeping it true to the time she was alive. I didn't mind the subtitles at all. It is a beautiful movie, not like what is out there today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Like this lady.
As factual as can be at this great distance, but we could do with more detail of course. Not mawkish but practical, as Sr Theresa would have wanted perhaps.
Published 1 month ago by Solitary08
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I love this series, there are alot of hours, but so much coverage of St. Teresa's life. I absolutely loved it, but I am a religious geek. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marilynn Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very inspiring and to be watched over and over again.
Published 2 months ago by M. A. Conroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great seller, great product.
Published 2 months ago by Frances D.
4.0 out of 5 stars the never ending tale
This was one looooong movie. The audio is Spanish but it has clear American subtitles. The outdoor scenes, and there are many, of St Teresa travelling from place to place in Spain... Read more
Published 7 months ago by triple g man
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Saint
This is first class. It gets you into the mood. Has some beautiful scenes.
The filming is flawless, you feel that you are in the Spain of the 1600's.
Published 12 months ago by M. T. Bastidas
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the Carmelite
Her books are fantastic on her life. Unless you read about this Doctor of the Roman Catholic DVD can cover the essence of her spirituality............ Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rita L. Rast
1.0 out of 5 stars The movie is good but Amazon send me repeated DVDs so I could not see...
The movie is good but the delivery failed. The movie has several episodes divided in 3 DVDs. Amazon send me DVD number 2 twice and DVD number 3 was missing.
Published 12 months ago by Alejandro
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction or socio-religious commentary
I have read much of the works of Teresa and many of the commentaries. The Spanish language was difficult and limiting. Read more
Published 15 months ago by darling duchess
5.0 out of 5 stars St. Teresa of Avila
This is a very good film and very Catholic!
One must have a good command of the Spanish language to understand it
however. I do like it very much.
Published 16 months ago by Kimberly Vidrio
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