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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Video for Superdom post... and Hildegard von Bingen

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Last night I saw VISION, of Hildegard von Bingen, a German language movie at the MFAH. Hildegard lived from September 16, 1098  September 17, 1179. She was a Benedictine nun, a Physician, Composer, Philosopher, Writer on Medicine, Symphonia, Biology (Ordo virtutum (Sequentia), Lux Vivens). 
As was true of many women in convents at the time, she learned Latin, read scriptures, and had access to  other books about religions and philosophy. Hildegard must have read quite extensively. Part of the Benedictine rule required study, and Hildegard clearly availed herself of the opportunities.
In the movie she was able to prevail against the then existent bias against women and establish her own convent near Bingen on the Ruprechtsberg. Thus Hildegard von Bingen.
The photography switches between forests and cloisters lit by candles. The underlying music reflects what may have been played and sung in concvents of the times. Costumes were researched and seemed true to fashions then.
Hildegard is portrayed by Barbara Sukowa, a very talented actress, who, if we believe the notes, can also sing. It was well done and as much as it possible to convey thoughts, philosophies and visions, the move did rather well. Thoughtfully done, rather impressive. Recommended!

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