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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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At the time I was out of work, so I was glued to my TV as the series progressed during the week. I had just recently re-read Marcelle Auclair's definitive biography, Saint Teresa of Avila, which the series follows in detail. There was no mistaking major events in Teresa's life in the series, even for a non-Spanish speaking person. There was no mistaking her spirituality, either, which, for me, transcended language. I credit the very fine Spanish actor, Concha Velasco, as well as the other actors & the director, Josefina Molina, "the first woman to earn a degree in directing from Spain's Official Film School" for these accomplishments.
Immediately after I viewed the mini-series in '83, I contacted the Mexican TV station to request that they make the mini-series available to the public with English dubbing or subtitles. They referred me to a production group in Spain that I could contact only by telegram. I never got a reply, but imagine my joy a mere 27 years later to discover this gem's availability on Amazon!
With the English subtitles, you don't lose the nuances of Velasco's voice, & the subtitles are large, clear, & offer just a minor distraction to the beautiful filming of the life of this saint for all eras. Now I am going to re-read Auclair's book again, followed by watching the series again. Yes, it's that good!
Very well done, you do have to deal with English Subtitles and Spanish Language. Just want it when you're in the mood for that.